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aliceb_ma6

pruning established manzanita?

aliceb_ma6
11 years ago

I'm visiting friends in Claremont California who bought a house with an established manzanita in the yard. Having visited a local botanic garden yesterday & having seen the manzanitas with bare trunks showing off their gorgeous bark & beautiful structure, we would like to prune theirs to the same effect -- right now it's just an ordinary-looking shrub, green leaves top to bottom.

The specimen is about 5' x 5' -- not sure how old that makes it. Can we dive in & prune out the lower branches? Just a few? None at all? Is this an OK time to do it?

Any help would be appreciated!

Alice

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