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yellow smoke bush - prune to tree form

Posted by kgmax 5b (My Page) on
Mon, Oct 3, 11 at 14:51

Can I prune my Yellow Smoke Bush to resemble a tree by pruning off the bottom branches? I did this with my Sumac and it now resembles a palm of sorts. Long trunk and very bushed out on top. Turned out very nicely and allows for underplantings of spring blubs or small shrubs. However, not sure how a Smoke's branches grow or if anyone has ever tried it with this one.


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RE: yellow smoke bush - prune to tree form

Not familiar enough with this one to be of much help. You could, obviously, give it a go and see what happens. Some bushes are poorer candidates for such treatment as you are aware. I think the shrubs that sucker vigorously and or tend to put out a basal trunks from the get go like dogwoods are typically in the poor candidate category.

Good luck and if you try it, let us know how it works out!

RE: yellow smoke bush - prune to tree form

I don't think it would hurt it. You can cut it back aggressively and it will sprout out again, if healthy. If you do it, post a photo so we can see.

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