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Question: I have found two M/B Brush Cherry Trees that have been trained topiary form. Truck is thin & about 4' high then the round ball on top which makes overall total 6' high. I want to put them front of house on either side of my garage doors. If I maintain top/prune will the trunk grow taller? Also after flowering I understand there are berries. Will they make a mess on the ground?

Answer: You can maintain the topiary look with annual pruning. The trunk will grow slightly taller each year but as long as you keep the plant pruned you can maintain the size and shape for many years. The fruit can be messy if it drops on a sidewalk but you can avoid that by simply cutting the berries off the plant in the autumn, before they mature and drop. Enjoy your new topiaries!

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