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Question: Can the compact shiny xylosma be used as a small stand alone tree?

Will the trunk get strong enough to support the plant without a supporting wood stake?

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Answer: Compact shiny xylosma has a compact, upright growing habit and is often espaliered or used as a topiary or bonsai specimen. After initial training (staking, pruning), the main stem will be strong enough to support the plant without staking.

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