Stewartia summer pruning

Stewartia is a hearty grower, and this one has been trimmed back several times already this season. However, simply pruning around the profile seems to create some coarse whorls and shoots that will need to be removed later anyway. So this time (mid-July) I went through the tree, branch by branch, and reduced shoots to pairs of leaves throughout the tree, and removed those shoots that were too coarse to use in the design. In essence, I did a winter pruning in mid-summer.

Before
A shot showing a branch after pruning. Note how branch transitions are not coarse, and all shoots have 2 buds, pruned to an outward-facing bud.
After pruning, the tree is still pretty dense, but well-balanced, top to bottom.
The money shot
The base and bark is beautiful!

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