March 13, 2017

Pruning My Weeping Hornbeams

It's pruning time for my standard weeping hornbeams.

Last week, Chhewang dedicated a day to trimming the weeping hornbeams that line a fence in what I call my "party lawn" - a flat area often used for playing badminton, bocce ball, croquet, and corn hole beanbag toss during summer. Botanically known as Carpinus betulus 'pendula', the weeping hornbeam is deciduous and has a tight, dense growth pattern. I keep a close eye on all my hornbeams - it’s crucial that they be pruned regularly, so they never look too overgrown and unruly.

Here are some photos of our pruning process and a look at how these trees appear in full bloom.