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Q.I Want To Trim My Italian Cypress Straight Across. Any Issues With This?

Zone San Diego 92116 | vilett added on May 19, 2020 | Answered

Our two Italian cypress are probably 40 ft tall. I can no longer trim from the roof line up. Can I top them just above the roofline by giving them a flat top? Will this harm the tree? Should I put some sort of coating on the bare center stump? We do have small tree borer beetles in our area, but the tree is healthy so far.

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Answered on May 21, 2020

It won't harm the tree, but it will destroy its shape. The tree will never recover the general Cypress look. If this strange look is not a problem for you, then it won't harm the tree.

There are plant sealants on the market, and it is a good idea to use them on wounds. We do not recommend particular brands, but a Google search will reveal several.

Here is an article for more information on the tree:


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