Please help indentify this plant

liquid.skiesMay 3, 2012

Hello there, this is my first posting here, I was wondering if you could help me identify this plant. It seems to they grew a bit taller than it should and I would like to read a bit on how I can prune them in such a way I won't damage them.

Thank you so much,


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... oh, only if I can figure out how to post pictures :)

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 12:24AM
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Finally figured out how to upload it on flicker, link below:

Here is a link that might be useful: What kind of plant is this?

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 12:58AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Erica, if you could get a close up of these trees it would be easier to ID. And, you can copy the HTML code (NOT the URL or hyperlink) into the body of your message, you'll then have the photos embedded right in your message. You'll know you did it right if you actually see the photo in your message when you click on the "Preview Message" button.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 12:37PM
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Thank you, Patty, here they are, I hope it helps ...

I am not sure what exactly HTML code means, and I don't see the pictures in the message, I copied what flicker gave me ...

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 2:27AM
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It looks like Pittosporum tenufolium planted as a screen, about 10 years ago. Yearly pruning is required to keep it from getting too tall and ragged looking. Al

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 9:38AM
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Thank you for helping me to identify the plant. I will also ask the gardener (who, unfortunately does not seem to know too much) if the plant will survive aggressive pruning. I am thinking to ask him to cut several feet from top down and flatten the top at about 8-9 feet from the ground.

Will the plants be OK after that, or they'll die because they'll lose too much foliage?

Thank you!

    Bookmark   May 12, 2012 at 1:23AM
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Pruning down to your suggested height should not be a problem, but I would do it in the winter, unless you are on the coast with mild summers. You really should edit your name where it says"none" to indicate your location or zone. Al

    Bookmark   May 12, 2012 at 8:35AM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Yes, topping them down to 8 or 9 feet should be fine. To get more density/fullness, adequate water and fertilizer, then tip prune and tip prune and tip prune the new growth to gradually develop more leafy stems.

The basic problem is they are planted too close to each other and too close to the fence, so can't develop enough branching and foliage to look really good. Someone was in a hurry to get a screen and didn't think long-term.

Good care and patient light trimming over a period of time can make them look a lot better than they look now, though.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2012 at 10:32PM
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Al, thanks, I have updated my profile, apparently I am in zone 10. Not sure what that means for Pittosporum, though. As for the other lady or gentleman who answered my post, thank you, the fact they're so close to each other can be solved by removing one or two of them, there are two plants who have very little foliage anyway ...

    Bookmark   May 13, 2012 at 6:53PM
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