Pruning a Dawn Redwood - Knowledgebase Question

Springfield, MO
Question by vpmertz
May 19, 2006
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 from NGA
May 19, 2006


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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