Pollarding

Pollarding is a method of pruning that keeps trees and shrubs smaller than they would naturally grow. It is normally started once a tree or shrub reaches a certain height, and annual pollarding will restrict the plant to that height.

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Pollarding an elderberry to keep it small and produce good-colour foliage.

Quick facts

Suitable for: Most on London plane and common lime
Timing: Late winter (except acers)
Difficulty: Moderate (but usually requires a professional because of working at heights and with chainsaws)

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