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Q.Will Bare Hemlock Branches Get New Growth

Zone 49445 | Anonymous added on May 10, 2023 | Answered

I’m thinking of taking out 2 of 3 hemlock trees that are overgrown, crowding the house, neighbor’s yard, and each other. The remaining hemlock tree will have then have a side exposed that is currently quite bare (lack of sunlight). Will it fill out again by growing new needles on those branches, or should I just cut it down as well?

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Answered on May 10, 2023

If the branches are dead, they won't grow new leaves, but you can prune 50 percent of a hemlock and it will recover. Here is how to prune:


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