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Pruning advice for Callicarpa

Question from Tom Day

Hi. I am feeling the need to prune my callicarpa and am not sure exactly how to do it. It is still a young shrub with only 2 main stems, but many side stems in various directions and some overlapping. Have I left it too late to prune? Do I prune the entire plant right to the ground as I have seen some websites recommending this? Or can it be a case of just neatening up with light pruning?

Thank you

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  • Posted: Sat. 16th April 2016 21:03

Variegated Incense Cedar

Comment from Karen

At the bottom of the garden the owner of the property has planted what I think are 2 x variegated incense cedar trees next to each other and 3'/4' away from the boundary fence. How tall do these trees grow and will they cause me a problem by blocking out light - my greenhouse is approx 10' away directly in front.

These trees are slim and variegated, approx 7' high and although they look like a variegated incense cedar, could they be anything else?

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  • Posted: Sun. 3rd April 2016 16:55

Beautiful, old, but sick Laburnum

Question from Griff steer

We have an ancient, and very large Laburnum (over 2metres in girth) which seems to be slowly dying, are you, or can you recommend an real expert on trees and their problems? We are located near border of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. Picture from 2013.

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  • Posted: Wed. 23rd March 2016 07:10

Acers to be moved

Comment from Moobloon

Due to alterations with my house I have to move two small but established Acers. Both small trees are about three feet tall with a spread of about the same.
Is now the best time to move my Acers? and, if so, what sort of location should I plant them in? (my Acer dissectum has been getting the edges of leaves scorched over recent years)



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  • Posted: Sat. 20th February 2016 19:42
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Laurel hedging?

Question from Ralphyboy

Hello everyone

I currently have 10 fence panels, each around 5ft in length and height, and ideally I'd like to replace them with some kind of hedging. It would need to grow around 6ft to maintain privacy. What would you lovely people suggest?

Many thanks


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  • Posted: Tue. 2nd February 2016 11:08

pollination across genus

Question from Bea

No one seems to know this - will genus vaccinium cross pollinate with others of the same genus, different species e.g. blueberry with bilberry?

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  • Posted: Thu. 26th November 2015 10:48

planting 80 oak trees

Question from Identify a plant

what can be expected from root growth, from the planting of 80 evergreen oak trees, about 14-16 feet tall. close to a 8 foot stone wall, & about 35 feet from a house

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  • Posted: Mon. 2nd November 2015 12:13
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What is this tree?

Question from Fran Welland

I have this in my new garden in London, growing beside and into an old apple tree. I've just noticed a few yellow flowers (in mid September, about 2cm across) and can't figure out what it is. My husband's desperate to chop it all back hard, but I'd like to know what it is, and how/when best to do it first. Any ideas anyone? My best thought so far is some kind of crab apple.

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  • Posted: Sun. 20th September 2015 12:41
  • Last reply: Tue. 29th September 2015 19:21

Pruning fushias

Question from Felicity Brown

If I cut my large deciduous fushia Maiden's Blush, back hard now will I kill it?

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  • Posted: Sun. 30th August 2015 15:01
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Why has my buddleia no colour?

Question from Adam Byrne

I have a Buddleia (see photos) that has gone on a mental growth spurt. This is its second year i have had it and last year it was about 0.7m high and i pruned it back quite hard. Its now shoot up and out but the flowers on it dont seem to have any colour. it didnt flower last year so i dont know if this is how it should be. All the other buddleia in the local area have colour - white purple red and two others in my garden have colour. is this just an unusual variant or is there something amiss.

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  • Posted: Thu. 6th August 2015 20:42