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Dallas, TX
WillB
May 10, 2018 6:25 PM CST
Our pittosporum bushes are well established and our gardener made a huge mistake but trimming too close to the main trunk along the bottom. We live in Texas and the spring growth has already passed.

Will it come back or are we better off replacing with a 15 gallon pittosporum?
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
May 11, 2018 5:54 AM CST
Pretty sure it will sprout from just below the cuts. I think your desired 'look' decides whether to live with this and shape new growth, or replace.
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Dallas, TX
WillB
May 11, 2018 6:32 PM CST
I'm thinking about giving it 5 months to show signs of growing back and then having it replaced with a 15 gallon bush of the same type if I don't see any new growth in that area. Do we think that's a reasonable amount of time?
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Vegetable Grower Region: Maryland Composter Region: Mid-Atlantic Native Plants and Wildflowers
Keeper of Poultry Region: United States of America Dog Lover Cat Lover Birds
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sallyg
May 11, 2018 7:27 PM CST
I think you'll see new buds in a month or so, and by fall have an idea of whether you're liking it or want to replace it altogether. Seems like a good plan to me. I should probably admit I've never grown one, but am basing this on general shrub experience.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
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