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Is my Rowan tree too spindly?

joe.shimminjoe.shimmin Posts: 211
My Rowan tree is growing well but it seems to be pretty much just up and not outwards at all. It bends very easily in the wind and seems a bit top heavy. It doesn’t seem to be adopting the classic Rowan look. Should I leave it? Prune off the top?
Any advice would be appreciated.


  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    I think it may be too crowded. It is growing up to find light and space because the other shrubs are competing with it.
  • joe.shimminjoe.shimmin Posts: 211
    Thanks Posy, 
    I guess that could be the case, but it’s always been a bit on the lanky side and I have 9 other trees in that hedge, all of which are growing fine.
    So, should I leave it as it is or prune the top off?
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    Honestly, I don't know whether that would help. Lets hope someone who does comments.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,847
    I don't think pruning it will help it form the 'classic Rowan look'.  Now that the tree has reached up into the light I think it will spread out more into the shape you want ... it'll look like a traditional Rowan, but a bit taller ... but you can't expect it to spread out lower down when it's so crowded.   The Rowan traditionally grows on open hillside ... that's where it forms that classic shape, and bending in the wind is essential, otherwise they'll snap. 

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

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