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Globe Arborvitae - Can I Prune?

Posted by westy1941 z5 NO IL ( on
Fri, May 25, 12 at 0:47

Gold Globe Arborvitae planted around patio edge four years ago are getting too big for my taste. How do I prune ANY arborvitae for that matter - there are others that are fifteen feet tall. Can I cut them in half? I think my father - Johnny Appleseed the second - told me once it can be done but there was a proper time of year (?) or a proper way to do it. Why can't I just shear them back?

Anyone? TIA


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RE: Globe Arborvitae - Can I Prune?

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Fri, May 25, 12 at 3:23

You can cut back to anywhere within the green outer layer of foliage in early summer but do not cut so far back that you are looking at bare branches - these cannot be expected to recover well, if at all. Cutting in half is definitely liable to result in tops that remain mostly if not entirely bald above the level of cutting.

RE: Globe Arborvitae - Can I Prune?

  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Fri, May 25, 12 at 6:48

Shearing is a viable option.
Can you move them further away from the patio to give them more room? Four years is not a long time in the ground and Thujas move rather easy. I had one ten feet across, a little over three meters, and moved it successfully.

RE: Globe Arborvitae - Can I Prune?

please refer to the link.. substituting Globe Arborvitae for P sylv. ... or in the tree forum peruse the post on purple plum pruning ...

listen.. go after them.. give it a try ...

but start moving to the forefront of your mind.. that your father.. mr appleseed.. improperly planted them.. they are trees .. that eventually grew too big for the placement.. and frankly.. they have to go ...

and removal.. gives you an opportunity to do something new ... arent you tired of looking at them???


Here is a link that might be useful: link

RE: Globe Arborvitae - Can I Prune?

Westy, any arb can be pruned via the shearing method. This is done during the growing season and as Bboy alludes to, earlier is better than later in the summer. You want to allow a recovery period before cold, dry winds get at them.

FWIW though, arbs, unless being used in a formal sheared hedge fashion, look their best when left completely alone. And that is my opinion.


RE: Globe Arborvitae - Can I Prune?

Thanks for all the advice, guys. I'm not gonna touch them. House will be sold - if not this year, next (maybe). Someone else can look at them. Maybe the world will end on December 23rd as predicted and it won't matter anymore. :)


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