globe arborvitae pruning - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by sokhonevich
July 10, 2008
Last year i bought globe arborvitae and planted it near the garage.Now i want to plant another one near the other side of the garage.The problem is i can't find so big shrub as i have(my is 33 inches high and wide).The biggest size i found is 26 inches.If i get it my shrubs will look different in size.Can i prune the shrub i already have or should i keep on looking for a bigger size globe arborvitae?

Answer from NGA
July 10, 2008
You will be able to prune both your plants so they're more uniform in size. I'd plant the new one now but wait until next spring to do any pruning on it. Your current one can be pruned back a few inches now and a few more inches next spring. Don't cut back too much at any one time or you'll end up with bare branches. By this time next year both arborvitaes should be the same size. Best wishes with your garden!

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