Trees and Shrubs forum: Physocarpus opulifolius

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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Aug 12, 2017 2:17 PM CST
Recently I saw it in tree form while I have it in shrub form and it's grown too huge for the spot where I planted it. Can I cut side branches and grow it as a tree or would it be a forever job of trimming off new branches that try to grow? It's about dead center in this photo taken in June.
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Thanks for any help you can give me.

Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Aug 12, 2017 2:37 PM CST
I've never tried to do that but I have two, 'Diablo' and 'Dart's Gold' that are taking over a daylily bed (well not entirely fair because they were there first). Because they are now too big I cut them back to the ground a couple of years ago and it worked great the first year but now they're already pretty much back to the size they were before I did that. So my guess is that you'd have to be trimming it forever. Maybe take a cutting and train that instead to eventually replace it?
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
pirl
Aug 12, 2017 2:56 PM CST
Thanks for your reply. I cut mine back very hard, to about 12", a few years ago and found the same as you - it resumed growth and now nears 6' tall.

Perhaps I'll cut it back hard, again, so it won't appear so massive and then get my digging guy to move it in November.

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