Hard pruning of chamaecyparis pisifera 'sungold' (false cypress)?

jph176March 28, 2009

I planted 5 Chamaecyparis pisifera 'sungold' last year -- some of them were stripped clean by rabbits over the winter. If I cut them to the ground, will they eventually return?

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i wouldnt go that drastic...

give them a couple months.. and see if anything buds out...

if by about july .. if nothing.. shovel prune ...

replace.. and protect from vermin

or.. just be done with them.. because they will drive you crazy either way ... lol ..


    Bookmark   March 28, 2009 at 8:52AM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

They won't return if the rabbits return.

I sawed of a Gold Thread Cypress once. Right to the ground and left it. Damned if it didn't sprout and now looks like a groundcover.
I'll take a picture and post later today.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2009 at 4:04PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

When part of a plant's top is lost cutting the rest of the top off does not help it - you are only adding to the damage. If you don't want to discard them maybe move to a protected, less visible location to see if after some years of recovery the look acceptable again.

To garden without animals deciding what results you get you have to fence the animals out.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2009 at 4:24PM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

The stump is 3 inches in diameter and one inch high. It was cut about five years ago.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2009 at 7:59AM
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Great, thanks for all of the tips!

    Bookmark   April 11, 2009 at 11:57AM
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