Gardening Australia

COPPICE A TREE

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Large-growing gum trees can be regularly coppiced (cut back to a stump) to encourage a leafy shrub-like form with attractive immature leaves. This makes a lovely feature, and the leafy stems can be used in cut flower displays. In spring, prune trunks back to 30–45cm from ground level. They’ll resprout vigorously. The trunk should be at least 50mm diameter. You can do this with large trees, but leave the heavy work to a profession­al arborist.

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