All Things Gardening forum: Loropetalum....tree?

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Name: Cheryl
Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Mar 1, 2017 8:15 PM CST
I lost one bush to the drought. But this one survived. It doesn't get the best sunlight, but it gets just enough in the springtime to give us pretty color and some fringes. But it has been reaching for light all this time and becoming leggy. I've trimmed it this year into a little tree. While I've seen these grow into large, 12ft bushes as wide as they are tall, what do you think about pruning it into a tree like this?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 1, 2017 9:43 PM CST
I don't see why you couldn't. They take well to pruning. (I know this because they seem to be a favorite of the deer but always grow back bigger and better than ever.) They do need good light (but afternoon shade in the heat) and regular water. They are not drought tolerant.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Mar 3, 2017 7:49 AM CST
Lorapetelum are very aggressive weeds here...
If the weight of the top causes the trunk to bend.... Often happens with too much trunk exposed by exuberant pruning.... You can always cut to ground and start over.... If you are married to tree-form, try staking.
I've started using those heavy duty metal fence posts as stakes.... Anything less is wasted money.
Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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Carter
Mar 3, 2017 1:18 PM CST
Looks like you have the start of a nice standard there. Different varieties grow to different heights, and there is no reason why you can't continue training that one into a small tree form. The trunk looks pretty sturdy already. Until it gets to whatever size you'd like it to be, I'd trim it less often - maybe just once or twice a year - to let it increase its overall height as well as continue to help thicken the trunk. Then once it gets to your desired height you can trim it as needed to keep it tidy. Trim off any suckers or low branches along the trunk as they appear (though, branches that sprout along the trunk can also be left for a year or so which will also help increase the trunk girth a little more quickly).
Name: Andrea Reagan
Astatula, Florida (Zone 9a)
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Kevalsha
Mar 5, 2017 1:05 PM CST
Loropetalums are trees that are used for hedges and that is why most people prune them. They want to be trees. I have 8 loropetalums that I have let grow free form and they are beautiful. You can shape your loropetalum as a tree and if worried about drought mulch heavily under the tree leaving about a foot away from the trunk.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Mar 5, 2017 10:28 PM CST
@kevalsha. I'd love to see a pic of your trimmed loropetalum! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Andrea Reagan
Astatula, Florida (Zone 9a)
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Kevalsha
Mar 15, 2017 10:53 AM CST
I do not trim my loropetalum. They are free form which means they grow which ever way they want. When my trees were small one of them was accidentally mowed down and now is one of the best I have.
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The second picture is when the loropetalums were small.

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