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Xylosma Congestum. Thanks to Rebecca Schroeder, who gardens in Buda and blogs at Rebecca’s Retreat, for pictures of her Xylosma! Often called shiny Xylosma, this shrubby plant is very versatile.
You can train to a small tree shape, leave it shrubby or prune into a hedge. Over time, many deciduous shrubs can become overgrown, leggy, splayed open in the center, and less vigorous. A technique called severe rejuvenation pruning, or hard pruning, is a bold approach to addressing these conditions. It encourages regeneration of fresh new stems resulting in a vigorous plant.
Hard pruning vs. renewal pruning. Remove crossing branches and branches that grow back towards the center of the tree. As young trees grow, remove lower branches gradually to raise the crown, and remove branches that are too closely spaced on the trunk. Remove multiple leaders on city of kalamazoo tree removal and other trees where a single leader is desirable.
Shrubs. “All shrubs need a certain amount of pruning” it is written, “if only to remove the dead or damaged branches. Cut off the dead wood as close to the stem as possible. Next, cut the branches that are broken and take off any branch that rubs on another or crosses over it in any way.” This, in a nutshell, is what pruning shrubs is all about.