shaping/hedging strawberry trees?

anita9(8 Seattle)June 14, 2012

I moved into a house where someone has planted three strawberry trees, each about two feet out from the living room windows. They're about 15' tall now and growing fast, and smooshed up against the windows completely blocking the light. It's a townhouse so the front windows are the only light. If I used hedge trimmers to take off the top 5', would that look horrible? They are still pretty thickly leafed in the middle. I don't want to cut them down completely because I like the privacy. They are just much too tall of a choice.

Thanks!

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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

Instead of treating them like a hedge, why don't you think of them as trees? Open up the smaller branches in front of the windows so you can see out as much or little as you want. Whacking them off at just below the window doesn't seem right to me.
Mike

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 12:57AM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Yes, remember that anywhere you flat-top them they will immediately begin growing back up into the space they previously occupied.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 1:52AM
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reg_pnw7(WA 7, sunset 4)

You can prune and shape strawberry trees any way you like, they are very amenable to pruning. The above posters are both right. You can cut off the tops, but the plants will resprout with multiple branches at every cut and regrow. Thinning and shaping them sounds like a good option.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2012 at 10:21AM
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