Survival of over-pruned walnut & hickory saplings

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  1. Maja Leftbrow

    Maja Leftbrow New Member

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    About 3-4 years ago a hickory and a black walnut sprouted in our garden. I have no idea where the nuts came from, probably a crow brought them.

    Regardless, we decided to let them grow for a few years (we really like both trees, and they are not in a bad place), but we are keeping them topped at about 6 feet tall. We don't want full sized trees there, but don't mind the saplings.

    How many years will these trees tolerate our abuse of topping them every winter?

    BTW, we can't keep them long-term, they are adjacent to the house foundation.
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Well, they're not hedging plants, so I suspect not too long.
     
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    woodschmoe Active Member 10 Years

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    They’ll tolerate it for a long time. Black Walnut in particular is often coppiced and tolerates it well.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Thanks for the correction!
     

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