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So I ran across a decent boxwood at a greenhouse we frequent the other day. Nebari isn't as good as id like, but who knows there may be a good one below the soil base. I unfortunately didn't get to take a photo (dumb) of it before I started working it, but here's a couple photos of it now. I didn't want to noob it and take too much off, but figured with the bones it had I would go for an oak style. Just for insight, it was pretty lush when I got it. Heres where I'm at with it now. Thinking maybe some wire and next take a look at the roots and repot. Any thoughts or ideas? 20200916_181032.jpg20200916_181029.jpg20200916_181027.jpg
 
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I think you're going to be pretty happy with this because of the low ramification into major branches. This will make a very low tree. The branches will resist bending so guy wires left on for two years with vinyl hose protecting the branches will be a better method than wound with wire. If you remove the guy wires after one year the branches will often return to the old position over the next year. They're trained at the factory to do that.
 

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I think people underestimate a good "low".

For me, the finished outline can be within this white.

The problem with boxwood is, outside of California, if you hack them back to no green, they die. 🤔
(I think you just have to equally hack the roots.)

A safe plan would be this.

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You may have time to make the green cuts this year, but slightly after growth begins in spring is good too.
You'd be doing this to pop buds where the Blue is.
And cutting just above the blue when those branches are strong.

This way you have trunk, and at 1/3rd the length, subtrunks, first branching 1/3 the size of the subtrunks.

An intense all around study to select where your cuts will actually be is in order. This is a great start.
Can be .. a great start.

Oh too, the bark in these is such that, you don't really want to find a lower Nebari. The whole base gets too ugly. Keep the trunk short, utilize the flare that's there, let it grow surface roots, it will.

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Really great stuff sorce. Thanks for the draw up. Hence my next question, if I did do it now rather than early spring, do you think it's okay to work the roots now too?
 

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It depends on when your frost is coming I reckon.

If you have more "work" to do, give this a read.

They are highly predictable. Have predetermined silhouettes they must grow to before Dormancy. So late cuts means danger of frost damage because they WiLL grow to that silhouette.

I prefer cutting before growth In both spring and fall. As they are 2 seperated growth spurts.
I like to Repot closer to the summer Solstice, but you may be ok now down there.

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Great read, I've gotten through the first 3 pages so far.

Sorce if I make those green cuts, I won't have any foliage left on the tree. Will this not kill it?
 

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I would cut back hard, but not past the last green leaves. Boxwood often bud back when all green is cut off, but sometimes they just don't. You can cut back further after new shoots get going lower on the branches.
 

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For me, the finished outline can be within this white.
Excctly what I was thinking. Well, nearly. I thought: Where the leaves start, is where the canopy will end.

The problem with boxwood is, outside of California, if you hack them back to no green, they die. 🤔
I get the feeling this also depends on variety. Have been doing some crazy chops here.
 

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