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Comanski
04-14-2004, 08:29 AM
Are there any problems with using photinias as a foundation planting? I am aware of the leaf spot problem but can they be pruned to a round shape and be kept at 3-4 feet? Thank you in advance. Chris in Maryland.

ElephantNest
04-14-2004, 09:02 AM
Would be hard to keep them that short for a long period of time, I would think. Sure, the first few years would be fine, but those things get 40+ feet tall. Imagine the trunk system that would evolve after time, you'd have a huge base on a very small tree. I could be wrong, but I think, after maybe a decade or less you'd have a funky tree.

Thought about Indian Hawthorns? Very low maintenance, hardy, easy to keep small and shaped.

bugspit
04-14-2004, 09:29 AM
I don't think red tips would be a good choice, might try this site for your question.

http://www.arboristsite.com/

ProMo
04-14-2004, 05:26 PM
I have maintained some at about 5 ft for over 10 years

trying 2b organic
04-14-2004, 06:38 PM
At that height are the trunks think and roots big? Plus its more work to keep a big plant small then a small plant small.