Return to the Trees Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Stimulating lower tree branch growth?

Posted by rogerv z9/17 Mntry Bay (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 8, 14 at 16:51

We have some mature pittosporum tennufolia that our neighbors have hacked the lower branches off of, often leaving a foot long stump, and often with breakage. The trees have survived this, and I've cut off the extra that they didn't feel like removing (or couldn't reach).

I'd like to know if there's some way to stimulate lower branch growth on these couple of trees. I've heard that if you make some cuts in the trunk, that might work, but I don't really know how to do that.

Has anyone out there had any success with this, or know anyone that has? I could really use some advice.


Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Stimulating lower tree branch growth?

the term you are looking for is: rejuvenation pruning ...

i have no experience with this plant.. so i googled it for you ...

it does not involve what you are thinking ... most plant have dormant buds.. that will trigger when a large branch is cut.. but it might take half the summer... but the key is usually that you want this to happen low to the ground... as you dont want a whole new bush.. at height... the stub left.. will eventually fail ... unless you are really thorough with followup pruning ...

hit the link.. while you are waiting for specific replies...

all that.. or the common rules of shrub pruning dont apply to this plant.. and i will be chastised mercilessly ....


Here is a link that might be useful: link

RE: Stimulating lower tree branch growth?

Much more shrubby in nature than tree-like, removal of the lower branches generally results in a bare trunked specimen. Woody plants that will sprout from low on the trunk (under existing branches) are limited and if this was one, would have done so already. In most cases, new branch growth will only appear on the upper portions of the plant.

Try planting something low and leafy and shrubby in front of the pitts to hide the bare legs. It's about as good as you are going to get.

RE: Stimulating lower tree branch growth?

  • Posted by rogerv z9/17 Mntry Bay (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 8, 14 at 21:54

Yes, my backup plan is to plant alphonse karr bamboo, which I am also using as lower screening (not second story) elsewhere. Since it probably would not do well under the trees, I should also take out one more pittosporum (leaving two for second story screening) to give the bamboo enough sun.

I just need to talk my wife into it, which at the moment is a monumental task. I was hoping to do something with our existing trees, but looks like our neighbors screwed us there. Maybe in a couple of years when she decides it's time to plant something, who knows?

RE: Stimulating lower tree branch growth?

The bamboo can tolerate partial shade easily. And it can - in time - provide sufficient height for even second story screening. You might want to also check out various Fargesia species - another clumping bamboo and very shade tolerant. And a range of heights available, depending on species.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Trees Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here