This strawberry tree (Arbutus ‘Marina’) was topped several years ago to establish a small stature and maintain the tree as the central focus in the yard. The owners have maintained this tree to provide a privacy screen in their front yard. Many of the cuts I made were to remove weak, sucker-sprouts that grew after the topping and were on the interior of the canopy. I took this opportunity to follow the natural shape of the tree and improve its aesthetic quality as the focal point of their yard.
As with the A. ‘Marina’, this lemon bottlebrush (Melaleuca citrinus) was previously topped. Again, it can be hard to notice the difference in structure from the outside due to the dense canopy which arises following a tree topping. This tree was topped and many whip-like sprouts sprang up afterwards. There were several pockets of rot at the base of some of these branches. I was able to remove those unhealthy branches and support some of the stronger branches to encourage a long-term stable structure. We also created street and sidewalk clearance for neighbors.