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Aug-2016

Bougainvillea Pruning

This Bougainvillea Glabra needs its lush summer growth pruned back to the silhouette. In this way we balance the the growth of the tree, helping to ensure consistent, even growth from top to bottom. It is also a chance to get deep in there and correct any flawed branches. Additionally, we will remove the largest of the leaves to help increase ramification as well as allow better penetration of sunlight. Deeper sunlight ideally means stronger back budding. The more back budding that occurs, the more chances we have to tighten up the tree and create a more compact, tighter silhouette.
           While this tree (technically a vine) has an amazing old trunk that is gnarly and twisted and partly hollowed out, the real charm of this species is the colorful bracts that surround the very tiny white flowers in the summer. For better or for worse, this tree is a bit shy, and has not flowered in roughly 14 years.
Bougainvillea Pruning Before
Bougainvillea Pruning after

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