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boon

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dwarf hinoki cypress
« on: April 29, 2011, 01:54 AM »
it is shown at BIB exhibit in Jan 2010.  and again at GSBF convention in San Jose.  when the tree is show,  it should be nice and full.  Dwarf variety is usually stay fuller.
it is time to thin it.  if not, we will start losing interior branches.  that will make the tree leggy. 
Thinning should be done once a year.  at this stage it is done to balance energy between top and bottom, and between interior branches and exterior branches.   it will also get the light filtered through the bottom branches.  it took about 1 1/2 hours to finish.

first pic is the tree before work
2nd is after
3rd is all the small branches that we cut off.
 

phoenix

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Re: dwarf hinoki cypress
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2011, 11:42 AM »
That is an amazing tree!!! I love Hinoki's but it's hard to get a good one. Question, how do you approach pruning Hinoki's? I had one and found the thickness of its foliage difficult to navigate and decide what to prune.
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: dwarf hinoki cypress
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2011, 12:31 PM »
it is time to thin it.  if not, we will start losing interior branches.

Boon, is this typical of the amount of foliage you leave when you prune this particular tree?  I am curious, since I would have removed more than the amount you removed.  My experience may be due to my climate versus your climate.  Here, in Michigan, I don't have the length of growth season you have, and my sun intensity is less than what you experience in CA.  Of course it is tough to tell from a photo, but from what I can see, I would have removed maybe as much as 30% more foliage; perhaps 20% anyway.  Just curious.

It is a very nice looking hinoki.  Nice work.
 

boon

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Re: dwarf hinoki cypress
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2011, 01:04 PM »
Don,
 yes, especially dwarf variety.  they like to be full.  you can see it from the nursery tree.  they are very dense.  that is the way they like to be.   
it will get sunburn inside if it is too thin.  it will take a long time to recover.  i saw the tree that is thinned too much.  3 years later, it has not looked like it used to be. 
after thining, at the end of growing season, it should be at least as dense as it was in spring before you thin it.  that is when it is well maintained.
if not, it is too thin.
if the interior start to die back, it is too dense.
if you live in colder climate, i think you should keep it a little more dense.  more foliage will help to insulate weak interior buds in winter.  but it will need a little bit more water. 
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Re: dwarf hinoki cypress
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2011, 01:48 PM »
Boon, looking good. Is this the one that has the orange winter color?
Wood
 

boon

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Re: dwarf hinoki cypress
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2011, 11:42 AM »
Gary, that one is Sawara.  it just starts to turn green.  it is always the last one that change from bronze to green.  4 years ago, we almost throw it out.  it was in the middle of May.  and it did not change to green.  but finally it did.
 

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Re: dwarf hinoki cypress
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2011, 12:19 PM »