elviraraelvirara Posts: 4
Help! I have a very tall CYPRESS which I want to shape nicely or do topiary, it was never ever shaped before.  The bottom of this tree is narrower than the top slightl( there is damage on one side from drought) what shape/topiary style would suit it best?  Can I add to give it nice cone shape I will need to take a third of the tree of on top.  Will the tree respond well? 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 50,083
    Hi 😃 
    Can you post some photos of your tree please?
    'There's a flower that shall be mine, 'tis the little celandine.' W Wordsworth

  • elviraraelvirara Posts: 4

  • elviraraelvirara Posts: 4
    will it be good idea to expose lower trunk completely and leave the top of the tree which has a better shape maybe? A tear drop shape i think its called

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 19,043
    first thought was cupressus macrocarpa Goldcrest.
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen SpainPosts: 904
    I was thinking ‘champagne flute’ but teardrop works too. Unless the lower half is shading out the other plants around it, I wouldn’t reveal the trunk at the bottom, just follow its natural shape.
  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,735
    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 7,166
    How about a spiral?  You may be able to hide the damaged area as part of the spiral.  Whatever you decide to do, remember that conifers don't grow new shoots from brown wood so don't cut back past green growth unless you actually want a permanent 'hole' in that area.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Liz SprostonLiz Sproston My gardenPosts: 33
    Is the trunk on your side of the fence?
    "Gardening is medicine that does not need a prescription and has no limit on dosage"
  • elviraraelvirara Posts: 4
    Yes it is , branches stick out through the wire on the other side 
  • Liz SprostonLiz Sproston My gardenPosts: 33
    I only asked because at a past house we had a similar tree and it was only as we were trimming it we discovered it was growing through from the neighbours 
    "Gardening is medicine that does not need a prescription and has no limit on dosage"
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