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stephystephy Posts: 3
We are thinking of putting in a Mountain Ash Tree.  We have plenty of space, but wondered if it is okay to trim it annually or bi-annually to stop it getting too big   and if so what time of year

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,303
    I have a self-seeded one in my garden that's in the wrong place, but I love rowans.
    When it got to about 10ft I cut it down to 1ft.
    That sprouted and more shoots came from below ground.
    Now I have about 6 trunks between 5-15ft. high.
    This autumn I'll cut most of them down again and let it restart.
    So I don't think a trim will do any harm whatsoever - best time is when it's dormant - late autumn to late winter.

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,847
    They don't get very big. They have a very light, airy canopy.

    They rarely need any pruning, and you'll lose flowers /berries, but you could do it in autumn/winter when dormant,  if you felt you really needed to. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,714
    Maybe think about an upright one..then you will never need to prune it.
    eg.
    Sorbus aucuparia Autumn Spire...there are others.

    https://www.gardenersdream.co.uk/sorbus-aucuparia-autumn-spire-tree-p3405
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
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