Oversize Yaupon Holly Trees Help

big_daddi(8a)June 24, 2013

We have two very tall Yaupon Holly trees along the front of our home. The two trees are over twenty years old and now overwhelm the front of our house. We love these trees and want to keep them if we can reduce their size.

I would like to know:

1) Can these tress could be reduced in height by 50% or more?

2) Would it be best to cut them all the way back to ground level?

3) When and how should they be cut back?

4) Would the reduced height or new growth trees then grow new canopies?

This post was edited by big_daddi on Mon, Jun 24, 13 at 17:24

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greenthumbzdude

We need some pics

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 6:56AM
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big_daddi(8a)

Will upload today.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 8:11AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Most hollies can really take a good shearing. Not sure about yaupons, but I suspect they are no exception.

You may want to do major pruning/topping, etc. in March or April just prior to new growth.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 12:57PM
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big_daddi(8a)

Photo now attached to original message.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 5:26PM
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j0nd03

Youpons take very well to shearing and rejuvenation pruning. If you cut those at the base and start over, you will have an army of suckers to shape into whatever your heart desires.

Personally, I think yours like fine as is.

John

Edit: Oh and I would cut them within an inch or two of the ground late next winter.

As for cutting them at height, my experience with these is they will send out suckers from any and all exposed wood left. So your entire stems would be covered in new growth that could be pinched off in any areas that are undesirable to you.

This post was edited by j0nd03 on Mon, Jun 24, 13 at 18:46

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 6:32PM
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big_daddi(8a)

Thank you John. We may just reduce the current canopies width.

This post was edited by big_daddi on Mon, Jun 24, 13 at 23:03

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