Sciadopitys verticillata fast growth

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  1. EMM

    EMM New Member

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    My Sciadopitys verticillata is rapidly growing upward with very little increase in width. It started as a perfect pyramidal 5' specimen 4 years ago; has since added 14 to 24" height per year with virtually no increase in girth. Started as a potted specimen on our deck but soon grew too tall so is now in the ground. Deck was sunny; area now mostly shade.
    Should I trim the leader branch so slow vertical growth?
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Leave it be, don't prune it.
     
  3. Georgia Strait

    Georgia Strait Active Member

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    here's an interesting article from UBC
    Sciadopitys verticillata | Conifers of UBC

    I agree - don't prune it -
    if it's already too "big" (tall?) for your yard - then maybe a tree company with the proper knowledge and equipment can salvage it for someone else to adopt.

    topping trees is questionable as far as I know. topped evergreens don't look nice - and seem to send up many leaders in place of the former single natural leader.
     

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