Want to give dwarf spruce (albertiana) a haircut

Bob_B(Sunset 14, Ca.)April 8, 2010

Can you cut these back into old wood, that is beyond the green needles. Mine is overgrown, and I need to cut it back, but I won't do so unless I know it will send new needles out on brown wood.

RB

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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Short answer: No.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 11:02PM
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Bob_B(Sunset 14, Ca.)

It figures. I know a few conifers sprout out on old wood, but I can never remember which ones they are (redwood?).

RB

    Bookmark   April 11, 2010 at 3:37PM
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calistoga_al

About 20 years ago a windstorm toppled a lot of mature trees in Strybing arboretum and the trees laid on the ground for several years as the crew gradually got to them. It was amazing to see redwoods on the ground with new shoots sprouting on the top through the thick bark of a redwood. Al

    Bookmark   April 12, 2010 at 11:55AM
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still_kris(z17 NoCA)

Doug fir is another which sprouts readily.

One of my nicest redwoods is one that sprouted after the poor little tree died back to the ground. When cut for fence posts the smaller ones will sprout, too, roots or no.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2010 at 12:39PM
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