The Q&A Archives: Pruning Wax myrtles

Question: What is the best way to reduce height and form a more dense tree?

Answer: Wax myrtle can be used to create wildlife-friendly screens and hedges that provide food and shelter that you'll enjoy as much as the local critters. This plant can be pruned and even sheared to encourage dense foliage and to maintain formal shapes. Untrimmed the shrubs have interesting open natural form that allows for enjoyment of the attractive irregular shapes of multiple trunks (prune away the numerous suckers that are produced to keep your wax myrtle from forming a thicket). You can create spectacular specimens by removing lower limbs and training into bonsai-like shapes. In short, you can prune in any manner and your wax myrtle will respond by growing thick and healthy.

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