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Re: was smoke tree/ now tree care

Thanks Kitty, I wondered if it was something like that.
I have an arctic willow that I want to keep as a soft bush. It's developing
some big trunks & more height than I want. I think this is what I need to do
with it. Nice to know what this technique is called.
Judy B
From: "Kitty Morrissy" <kmrsy@earthlink.net>

> Judy,
> I never saw Ceres post that caused you to ask the question....
> Stooling is cutting the whole shrub back every early spring, or sometimes
> every other early spring to about one foot high.  This is often done to
> Smoke Bush to get it to branch out more.  I also understand it reduces the
> amount of 'smoke' you get in subsequent years.  I don't like the flowers -
> would cut them off.  But i love Cotinus.
> Kitty
> > [Original Message]
> > From: Judy L Browning <judybrowning@lewiston.com>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Date: 3/20/2003 1:57:05 PM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] was smoke tree/ now tree care
> >
> > Ceres,
> > I'm not familiar with the term "stool" in this context. Please enlighten
> me.
> > Thanks,
> > Judy B
> > From: <Cersgarden@aol.com>
> > ...  I stool it each spring (did that last weekend) to maintain the
> height I
> > like and also this is suppose to help keep the dark color.

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