Plant ID forum: Tree identification help please

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Leicester uk
Aug 17, 2017 3:45 PM CST
I just brought a house and have this tree in my back garden. I have no idea what it is and didn't ask the seller the question.

I need to prune it and don't know how. I am a complete newbie so any help from you experts would be great.

The tree has a few branches and what I describe as roundish balls of green bush.Can someone help me as follows:

1) what is this tree called
2) when do I prune it
3) what do I use to prune it

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Name: J.R. Baca
Pueblo West Co. ( High Dessert (Zone 6a)
Aug 17, 2017 4:03 PM CST
MANPP; hello and welcome from southern Colorado!
After looking at your pictures I said to myself Junipers, then I looked to see where you were from so I'll say.....Junipers! But of what type I'm not so sure ( I know very little about your beautiful country ). Here we deal with them every winter, we have quite a lot at my job sites, but honestly I think it's done for lack of anything else to keep us occupied. If they are like what we have here then anytime is a good time. They're very robust and often difficult to harm, we call them trash/dust collectors, but they can be made to look very nice like yours. On a side note I think the sooner you do it, the better, they're very fast growers under the right condition, and you already have them shaped so a quick trimming will keep them that way.
P.S. You may have to do it often.
Hope this helps and (forgive me) CHEERIO!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Aug 17, 2017 5:10 PM CST
Yes, a Juniper that has been pruned into a 'Poodle' or 'Pom Pom' bush. The most common Juniper to use is Juniperus chinensis. You will have to learn to prune it to keep that look, otherwise, it was just be another Juniper.
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Leicester uk
Aug 18, 2017 3:10 AM CST
Thanks for your help Josebaca and Daisyl

Yes we are in the middle of England so not anywhere near the States.

Do you just use secateurs, Clippers or hedge trimmers?

I was planning to use a hedge trimmer to get the round shape. Would this be o.k to use?



Name: Rick R.
Minneapolis, MN, USA zone 4
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Aug 18, 2017 11:02 AM CST
You will want to use hedge trimmers (manual or mechanized) to give the manicured look that this type of pruning requires. Keep your secateurs handy in case you happen across some large twigs that the hedge clippers won't easily handle.

In areas with very cold, dry winter air, you shouldn't do any major pruning of evergreens after mid August. But you won't need to worry about that.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Aug 18, 2017 11:24 AM CST
How to Prune Juniper Topiary
Topiaries can live in containers or as part of a planted garden.
Juniper trees have narrow, dense leaves that grow from a single trunk, which makes these trees ideal for pruning as topiaries. It takes at least four years for the plants to be old enough to prune into shapes, then usually another two years before they are defined enough to sell. A topiary must be pruned a bit several times per year to help it keep its shape.

Wait until about mid-June to pruning a juniper topiary. Small sprigs might begin to stick out of the juniper's designed shape starting in late spring, but pruning too soon can damage the stems and make the plant more vulnerable to diseases.
Prune the front of your topiary first, trimming branches off in small amounts as necessary to keep the topiary in its shape. Cutting off about 1 inch of protruding branches usually suffices. Step back about 6 feet to view the topiary as a whole, decide which branches are poking out too far and trim them.
Turn the topiary if it is potted or walk to its side. Step back to determine which branches need trimming, and then cut them even with other branches. Continue the procedure with all sides of the plant.
Reach into the juniper's interior in autumn and cut out a few branches if the tree's leaves are so dense that you can't see the trunk when standing beside the plant. Removing one or two branches on each side is usually sufficient. Although density is desirable with topiaries, the inner leaves can turn brown and die if the evergreen becomes so dense that no sunlight penetrates the plant's interior, giving the topiary a spindly, unattractive appearance.
Things You Will Need
Pruning shears

Prune juniper in early spring only if you need to reduce its size, such as if it's getting too tall. Save spot pruning for later.

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Leicester uk
Aug 18, 2017 4:42 PM CST
Thanks Leftwood and crawgarden.

Help was much appreciated. Will get down to pruning tomorrow!!

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