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Still okay to trim a Kwanzan Cherry

Posted by RicardoM (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 7, 14 at 12:22

Hello All, I have a Kwanzan Cherry tree in the front yard that im looking to have trimmed and cleaned up a bit. It currently has alot of water shoots and the branches seem to be hanging down quite a bit. Ive had a few companies look at it and will most likely have someone else do it as i want to ensure the tree stays healthy but was curious if it is too close to spring to do this now. The companies ive talked to say its fine but my wife is worried. She loves the tree when it is in bloom. I can see the little red buds but that is it.
We hare having a neighbors maple that overhands our roof taken care of so cost wise it is better to do them both now. Sorry i dont have any pictures. Any opinions on this? Im located in the Norther Virginia area 30 miles outside of D.C.. Thanks.


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RE: Still okay to trim a Kwanzan Cherry

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 7, 14 at 15:12

Developed - as opposed to small and newly planted - Japanese flowering cherries are best left alone except for cutting out of root-stock sprouts.

This post was edited by bboy on Mon, Apr 7, 14 at 15:13


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RE: Still okay to trim a Kwanzan Cherry

I entirely agree with the spirit of what bboy said. It is best left alone and appreciating its natural habit. However, it's a danged shame to be removing this year's blossoms since they developed last year and the trimming will impact the show.

That being said it is likely to do it no physical damage, even if done at this time. I venture to put that forth, as I've done it and quite severely I'm embarrassed to say. I planted one quite inappropriately through my own negligence, thinking it was a totally different cultivar who would remain quite dwarf and have a much smaller spread. The only options were to remove it, or pollard it. I figured if I tried to move it that it would not thrive, and I'd likely end up just removing it, so I decided to pollard it having nothing much to lose. I sacrifice the blooms every few years in the process, and it's a rather formal and unnaturally shaped tree now, but handsome enough I'm willing to invest in the high upkeep involved and it's been there now quite a few years. Your call.


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