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Can i chop/move a large cotinus??

I have a very large and mature smoke tree/ cotinus which is too big for the position its in.

im wondering if i can chop it right back into the wood as to start it again? 

It also seems to have 3 main trunks each of which look like they could have there own root system so could i split it into 3 which would also reduce the size

any thoughts would be great thank you


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,982

    you can cut them right back to base, in spring, to start again. Some people do that every year for the foliage. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    As nutcutlet says, cutting back in spring results in larger leaves and contains the height and spread.  

    SW Scotland
  • Thank you for your replies there very helpful. 

    Yes as it can be chopped and doesnt like being moved ill try keeping it where it is and giving it a chop, 

    should i chop it right down to the stump or leave a few inches and if so are there any buds/marks on the wood that i should chop to??

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