A couple berberis

roelex14

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Here are a couple of my berberis thumbergii.

The smaller one is in its second year in a pot.

The other was just salvaged from the garbage pile at the landscape nursery I work at. The base of the the trunk is about 2" in diameter, the spots where there are freshly cut branches were where a few branches were broken off when it hit the pile, they were in bad shape so I had to prune them off.
- Any ideas of what i should do with this guy. Should/can it be pruned back harder and which branches should be removed? Seems that this towards a shohin if anything. Let me know what you guys think! Thanks in advance!

Let me know if you need some more pics...

-Please don't mind the moss, I just threw it in there to keep temporarily haha
 

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If they were mine I would feed heavily and let them grow this year, then next spring (Feb. or March) cut them down to a small trunk leaving stubs where the branches were. They should bud back easily, and these could both make nice small trees.
 

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If they were mine I would feed heavily and let them grow this year, then next spring (Feb. or March) cut them down to a small trunk leaving stubs where the branches were. They should bud back easily, and these could both make nice small trees.

how far back should i cut the branches in the spring? mainly on the short fat one...
 

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just snapped a pic the other morning in the morning sun with our big japanese maple in the background...

maybe a possible pot... for the time being...
 

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