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Keywords: Hibiscus, Topiary work

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I have a small hibiscus that I would like to train into a tree with the twisted trunk and I have no idea how to go about that. Please advise.

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When you prune your hibiscus into a tree-like form with a single trunk, it is called a standard. There are even braided topiary forms. To achieve the twisted shape, you will probably need to create a support or frame.

The following general information on pruning comes from Tropical Hibiscus:

"While the tropical hibiscus can be pruned any time, probably the ideal is the earliest where the resulting tender new growth will be safe from cold damage*. For shaping purposes, some growers will prune the longest third of the branches and return in 4 to 6 weeks and prune the next longest third. Only sharp, clean shears should be used. A clean cut should be just above and angled down and away from an 'eye' or node. (A node is the junction of a leaf and the stem. There is a small bud in this junction that is activated after pruning.) Cutting above outward pointing "eyes" will encourage growth in that direction. The new growth resulting from pruning invigorates the plant and will provide a source for many new blooms."

Here are links to information on creating standards and braided topiary:

Bonsai, Topiary, Standards and Braiding

Special Cases: Pruning for Particular Purposes

The Miller Library has a good selection of books on pruning and training, and specifically on topiary. You can search the library's catalog by clicking this link.

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