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Heavily leaning shrubs

Hi, I've moved into a new house and there are some mature shrubs in a border. The hedge behind the shrubs has been neglected and over time has pushed the shrubs so that they lean over.

I've cut the hedge back but can I fix the shrubs? 


  • Ruby12Ruby12 Posts: 2,193
    That is one twisted Acer  Dave . I am no expert but I wouldn’t think that you could do much to with it . I quite like it . It’s quirky .
     Occasional flights into reality. B) 
  • Think that's an optical illusion! The acer is the only one that is pointing up. It's the larger one behind it (and the ones behind that) that are bent.

    Here's another pic (although the acer is a bit distorted too looking at it, it at least the leaves are on the top)
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,025
    edited June 2018
    The hedge may have pushed them to some degree, but I think the real reason that they're the shape they are is that they were in shade and struggling to reach the light. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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  • Thanks! I've cut the hedge and also trimmed the shrubs and there's a lot more light getting to them now. 
    I'll leave them alone now and hope that time sorts it out. 
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,457
    I'd leave them for the rest of the summer and see how they develop.  Then it may be time to prune some of them hard back to encourage new growth and to remove and replace some of the others.  The warm, wet weather we've had recently will certainly encourage growth.
  • Thank you! Will do that. 
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