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Hi All
I was thinking of trying to buy a couple of plants and try to air prune then I know you can air prune Boxus Yew and Japanese priviot, I beliveit takes a long time to do but could you give me ant advice please
cheers Terry

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,433
    edited October 2021
    I meant to reply to you a couple of days ago @terence.mccallum.
    I think you'd need to get fairly young plants and spend a good bit of time training suitable stems/branches first so that you have the general shape you want. Then remove all the lower offshoots, to get the 'ball' effect, and keep them pruned into shape.
    I've always fancied doing it, but haven't had a specimen, or the time, to devote to it. 
    It was the Pyracantha thread that reminded me of your thread query, as it's stunning when pruned this way, and is good against a stone or brick wall. 
    I expect there are some specialist sites you could try for more info.  :)

    I found this site - which might be useful for you
    https://www.nature-and-garden.com/gardening/pruning-trees-cloud.html

    and the RHS has some guidance too
    https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=540
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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