Pruning Podocarpus Gracillor and Prunus lyonii - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Robert J.
Granada Hills, CA
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Question by rjws
July 8, 2005
My podocarpus and catalina cherry plants are over 15 feet high. I want to cut them back a bit. Can I do this in the hot summer?

Answer from NGA
July 8, 2005
You can do some light pruning now, but try not to remove more than one-third of the live growth in any one pruning session. If you want to reduce the size of your trees by more than that, plan to do it in 2-3 pruning sessions spread out over a 2-3 year period. Best wishes with your landscape!

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