Tecoma pruning to tree shape?

newby_ownerJuly 17, 2009

Our landscaper suggested this for a hot spot near our patio walkway. We're looking for a small tree to screen neighbors. Anyone have experience pruning this to a tree shape? Can it be done?

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turtleman49(AZ)

It can be, but remember Tecoma Sans will send up new growth from the base. Heres a link that might be helpful on your pruning

Here is a link that might be useful: Pruning Tecoma Sans

    Bookmark   July 18, 2009 at 12:16AM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

I agree with Turtle as usual. It can be done, but they do re-sprout a lot from lower down, so it will be a lot of maintenance to keep it as a tree shape. If you just want the screening, it will still screen just as much in its natural shape and won't need as much work to maintain it.

Of course, some folks love trimming plants, and in that case, go for it.

Let us know what you decide and how it works out. Great link too, Turtle.

Take care,
Grant

    Bookmark   July 19, 2009 at 6:38PM
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turtleman49(AZ)

Why not add a trellis and plants some grapes or a pomegranate?

    Bookmark   July 19, 2009 at 7:04PM
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aztreelvr

How about trying Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia mexicana) instead? It can easily be trained into a small tree form and has colorful yellow flowers nearly year round.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mexican Bird of Paradise

    Bookmark   July 22, 2009 at 2:34PM
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