A trip to Cistus Nursery is always inspiring. I saved this shot — from a visit last January — as an inspiring reminder to drastically prune my Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Harmony.' After all, while the leaves and flowers of an Arctostaphylos are nice, the main attraction is the twisty, dark, branching structure.
Blob as seen from the front sidewalk (extra ugly photos too, thanks to the harsh light).
Last Tuesday — armed with an empty yard waste bin, sharp pruners, and a small saw — I got to work.
I didn't get back out to take my "after" photos until later in the week. But Vive La Différence!
And my, the Podocarpus alpinus ‘Orangeade’ (that's what I bought it as, the name may have changed?) has grown!
There is one downside to this satisfying project however, and the advice is everywhere (here, here, here) you should only remove a third of the branching structure, or foliage, when pruning a tree or shrub. This is usually cited as something of importance to the plant. I'm here to tell you it's also a great rule of thumb for the health of the gardener.
Oh and if you're going to prune while the plant is blomming, watch for the bees...
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