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lisa masseylisa massey Posts: 252

If I were to take the top off an established sweet box would it green up again? It's about six foot tall and quite a rounded bush, but is right in front of the kitchen window. I would like to reduce the height by about a foot, but don't want to ruin it if it isn't going to rebud.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,572

    Goodness, none of mine have reached those heights. Which one is it? I want oneimage

     

     

  • lisa masseylisa massey Posts: 252

    I have no idea N. There's two of them and the other ones even bigger, but not in front of a window. I'm assuming that they are a variety of sweet box. They are a small tree with an oval mid green leaf about an 30mm long, they are in flower at the minute.  White tubular flowers about 10- 12mm long and very strongly sweetly perfumed.

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    Mine is around 4 foot growing against a shady fence. I chop bits off all the time when it's flowering to bring inside as the scent is so wonderful.

    It's fairly slow growing but it doesn't seem to have done it any harm, it keeps flowering.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,572

    I know they get bigger than the ones I've got but might be worth confirming ID with a photo. 

     

  • lisa masseylisa massey Posts: 252

    I'll attempt it tomorrow, It's a tad damp out there at the minute.

     

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,572

    Mine aren't slow, they just sucker sideways instead of going upimage

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Prune it Lisa, they come back really well. After flowering though.

  • lisa masseylisa massey Posts: 252

    Thankyou everyone. I'll do it.

     

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    Suckering sideways would be fantastic as I'm hoping it will fill a good amount of space but haven't seen any signs of suckering to date?

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