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When deciduous varieties get hairy in the spring, which is often a good indicator that it’s time to cut. To keep these strong trees, usually Cutback 3 or 4 buds and only remove growth strengths. A small number of cuts can make a big difference in appearance.

Plum

Plum – early May

Plum after cutback

Plum – after trimming

For varieties vigorous as the Korean hornbeam, but again 2-3 buds and partially defoliate by removing most of the leaves, but leaving weak and indoor foliage alone.

Hornbeam

carpe Korea – May

As the inner leaves are shaded by the outer leaves, which tend to move the trees partially defoliated under an awning to give the tender foliage a chance to adjust to the light. I also note the irrigation after the defoliant as reducing the number of leaves on a tree often reduces their water needs.

Depending on the weather, new growth may appear within days. Here is the same tree about a month after the reduction and partial defoliation.

Hornbeam - after cutback

carpe Korea – one month

I usually leave these trees only in summer, and then add fertilizer in the fall to give them the food they need to bring new growth next year.

This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com


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