Beautyberry Shrubs
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trimming shrubs to grow like a tree

Zone columbus OH 43229 zone 5 | Anonymous added on January 26, 2019 | Answered

I have two Purple Beautyberry shrubs, planted in spring of 2015. They are doing very well, however their skinny branches fall down as a weeping willow, as a shrub. I would prefer they each grow into a single trunk tree with the falling branches as a willow tree. It is SO beautiful with the lavender/purple berries. Is it doable to cut back 1/3 of the branches as suggested in your "shrub" article? I would cut mostly the ones on the outer perimeter of the main "stalk" of 6 -8 1/2" shrub trunks. It would have been cool to braid the 1/2" trunks when it was younger but I read that would not have been a good idea. I LOVE all your articles :)

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on January 27, 2019

trimming shrubs to grow like a tree

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