Eastern Red Cedar:What would you do?

donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)August 17, 2011

This was a seedling on our property when we moved here about 7 years ago. I dug it and planted it by a path, giving it, I thought, plenty of room. It's a lovely shrub, naturally pyramidal in form, and I have never done one thing to it. But it is encroaching on the pathway beside it and is covering the dwarf shrubs I planted at its feet. So, what would you do?

Shear it into a smaller pyramid? (It's really tall and I don't look forward to working from a pretty big ladder.)

Limb it up into a trunked tree?

Move the path and shrubs? (Possible, but there is a limit to how far it can move.)

Any other ideas?

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Limb it up; it'll still look good and you won't have to do all that work.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 8:05PM
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It will grow to be a good sized tree - it is not a shrub. It grows to 40 feet tall in optimal conditions.

Here is a link that might be useful: information on it

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 8:15PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Don't forget your other choice, Donna. Remove it entirely. That's a perfectly legitimate option that should occur to us more often. Instead, we're held 'hostage' bya plant that has outgrown its welcome.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 10:51PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

never shear a tree ... or a conifer ... IMHO

limb it up... and if you dont like it.. then go with what rhiz said ....

its an invasive weed in most areas of the country ... as indicated by you 'finding it' in your yard ... lol ...

if you cant find something better for the space given.. you arent trying very hard ...

as noted.. that cute babe.. is actually a large ugly conifer [see link] ... and IMHO.. not worth the space ... and i am surprised you havent run across many tiny babes in your garden ... if so.. get rid of momma and treasure her progeny ...


Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 1:19PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Excellent advise, all. I rather like the big old cedars once they get solid trunks and open crowns. Just don't know if I have room for that where it is. Thanks, you are right. Ken, I know you are very knowledgeable about conifers, so no shearing. I think I will try limbing it up, and then evaluate whether it stays or goes.... Thanks for the nudge, rhizo.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 5:43PM
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