The Q&A Archives: Pruning a Dawn Redwood

Question: What happens when you prune the leader of a Dawn Redwood? Can it be kept under control with pruning as one would a pine in Japanese gardening? Or does it just sprout a bunch of shoots?

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Answer: Dawn redwoods are quite often sheared into hedge shapes so pruning will allow you to control the shape. Prune these as you would deciduous and broad-leaved evergreen trees. New growth will sprout from below the pruning cuts as long as the remaining branch bears some foliage; in general, no new growth will develop from bare branches. It's best to prune random-branching conifers right before new growth begins in spring.

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