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Pruning an unruly Acacia baileyana

Posted by alby_green 10 (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 13, 13 at 22:27

Our new yard has 2 Acacia baileyanas that are 10-15 feet tall but they are both growing in one big spike. They are both so heavy that the spike is bending over at the top. How to I prune/train them to encourage them to grow into a rounder shape (like all of the pictures I see?)

I actually like the weeping (multi-stemed) look but it is just one weeping spike right now. They are also up on a hill making the bent-overness even stranger looking. I sort of like the strange look but we've got a lot of hill to deal with right now so I'd like them to take up more space.

This post was edited by alby_green on Sat, Apr 13, 13 at 22:30

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RE: Pruning an unruly Acacia baileyana

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 15, 13 at 0:46

If they are bending over in one direction you need to lighten that side so the growth on the other side pulls the tree more upright. I'd hire a professional arborist to do it right. Since the trees are still quite small it shouldn't cost that much.

RE: Pruning an unruly Acacia baileyana

I would guess you could coppice to the ground and you will end up with a multi-stemmed tree that can be shaped from early on, but that's just a guess.

You could try rooting some cuttings or starting from seed before you do anything drastic.

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