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Eastern Red Cedar:What would you do?

Posted by donnabaskets 7b-8 MS (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 17, 11 at 19:04

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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RE: Eastern Red Cedar:What would you do?

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

RE: Eastern Red Cedar:What would you do?

It will grow to be a good sized tree - it is not a shrub. It grows to 40 feet tall in optimal conditions.

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RE: Eastern Red Cedar:What would you do?

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.

RE: Eastern Red Cedar:What would you do?

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 ...


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RE: Eastern Red Cedar:What would you do?

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.

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