All Things Gardening forum: Pom Pom Shrubs - Mid century house - I need some help

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Mar 17, 2017 2:17 AM CST
Hi all,

I'm a relatively new home owner that has recently become tasked/obsessed with updating some of my landscaping. I'm a newbie at this (proven by the fact that I jumped the gun and planted a few succulents in the yard last summer which quickly burnt up).

**I live in Palm Springs, so keep that in mind weather-wise.

What I'd like to do is figure out if I can have a few "pom pom" trees. I believe that's what they're most often called. See some examples at the bottom of this thread.

There seems to be a number of different types of trees/shrubs that are used for this style? (Cypress, juniper, ??). Seems they are sculpted/pruned over time.

Now I may be barking up the wrong tree as I've seen hints that these trees are very old, very expensive, or both!

My questions

1: What are my options? I'm not crazy about a juniper as they're so prickly and can iritate skin.

2: Is is possible to buy a tree/shrub that's ready to sculpt myself?

3: Possible to by it sculpted (and if so will it be very very expensive?)

4: Can they survive in the desert heat of Palm Springs?

5: Any general advice?

Any and all info very much appreciated?

And I'm open to suggestions. :-)

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Mar 17, 2017 10:33 AM CST
You can prune a lot of different plants into Pom Pom trees. Look at Japanese Black Pines and Mugho Pines. Mugho pines work especially well. Pom Poms don't need to be made from conifers - look at some evergreen shrubs like boxwoods.

Go to your local nursery and see what they are selling. That is the best way to get something that will survive Palm Springs.

You can build Pom Pom plants yourself but it takes planning and nerves of steel. And constant maintenance.
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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Mar 17, 2017 11:33 AM CST
Palm Springs in California or in Florida?
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"

Mar 17, 2017 2:36 PM CST
greene said:Palm Springs in California or in Florida?

California, which I think makes it more of a challenge. (Monrovia says I'm zone 9 but an interactive heat zone said zone 10 or 11)

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Mar 31, 2017 12:38 PM CST
Gee ! I hope your are not planing on ripping them out. Someone put alot of time and effort on all of them, and, im sure someone will pay you to have them, or take them off your hands !

To prickly ! Buy some full leather gloves or long leather welders gloves to use while triming them. Harbor Freight has welders gloves cheep !

Junipers are used because they dont need to be pruned very often, like boxwood etc. Junipers are also drount tolerant, unlike most others.

There's... My two cents worth !
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