The Q&A Archives: Pruning The Tanyosho Pine?

Question: Hello;

We have problem. This is a situation where we should have known more about what we were buying 4 years ago. We live in the Seattle, WA area. The pine is planted in a full sun area and is growing like crazy so our problem is not "what's wrong" but more like, can it be pruned back without causing damage or making it look ugly?

It is crowding everything around it. It stands about 7 feet tall by about that same distance acrossed. The trunk is around 4 inches.

It was so small when we bought it. We had no idea it would grow to heights I have seen on the web. One figure I read was 40 to 60 feet tall.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank You

Don Means

Answer: While it is possible to prune the tree to fit the space, it's not a job for the inexperienced. If you hire an arborist to trim your pine back to a smaller size, expect to rehire him/her every few years. Your pine can grow 20' tall and 18' wide if left alone. With judicious limb and root pruning you can keep it smaller but it may eventually look out of place, no matter what you do. You might want to think about moving your tree to a larger spot and planting a smaller, slower growing pine. (Mugo is a good choice for small spaces.) Best wishes with your pine!

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