pruning shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

Huntington, CT (Zone 6A)
Question by csp6152000
June 23, 2005
I have a weeping larch shrub in my yard.It is thin in the middle. Would pruning the ends cause the shrub to thicken up its growth in the middle?

Answer from NGA
June 23, 2005


I think what you are seeing may be part of the normal development of this plant. As the tree ages it takes on a more interesting and deformed look with growth concentrated at the ends of the branches and a bare center trunk. Larix decidua 'Pendula' is known for its unique sculptural look. Pruning the tips of the branches would not change that overall habit.

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