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shaping/hedging strawberry trees?

Posted by anita9 8 Seattle (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 14, 12 at 20:44

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.


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RE: shaping/hedging strawberry trees?

  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 15, 12 at 0:57

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.

RE: shaping/hedging strawberry trees?

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 15, 12 at 1:52

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

RE: shaping/hedging strawberry trees?

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.

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