Keeping giant bird of paradise and king palms from getting too tall?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by hummingbird3d, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. hummingbird3d

    hummingbird3d LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    I like the look of the bird of paradise and king palms, in Southern California they are use a lot at hotels and many nicely landscaped front yards have these growing. There are a few, however, that I have seen grow way to tall for the homes that they are at. To a point these plants get too tall and to me look ugly and I want to know if they can be topped in some way to keep them in check at whatever height one might like to keep them at.

    Any pointers to keep these plants at a "reasonable" height???
  2. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,135

    King palm is single trunk. You either let it go or cut it down and remove it when it is too tall. Landscape architects do not always think about how big something gets at maturity:hammerhead:. The giant bird of paradise grows smaller shoots at the bottom. When the main trunk gets too big, it is cut down and the smaller shoots are allowed to take its place. Maintaining tropicals can be a PITA. You often need to cut down big trunks or canes of plants.

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