White Pine Rewire—

A client’s White Pine was in the studio this week for a quick cut back and rewire. 

About every three years a nip and tuck with scissors is needed on this tree. We didn’t pick up the concave pruners for this cutback. 

Most of the wire sizes were 16-20, with a few branches needing size 10 (copper sizes). These were light adjustments on a tree that’s been wired many times. 


A shaggy White Pine in need of rework. 


After pruning back over-long shoots. This was all scissor work. Old needles were removed as well. This is the Miyajima cultivar, and as a semi-dwarf it produces many buds. Unlike White Pine grown from seed, Miyajima often needs shoot selection to prevent overcrowding.


After wiring. This isn’t show wiring, but sets the tree up for another couple years of growth. 

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  1. Tino Mikosch says:

    Can you point out the differences between ‘show wireing’ and the one for ‘setup for some years of growing’ please.

    • crataegus says:

      Thanks for the comment, Tino—- Show wiring is done on a conifer with wire that is just big enough to hold the branch where you want it, but no larger. In work where we expect the plant will make major growth for a couple years, then often the choice is one size larger. As a shoot grows, if it’s strong enough, that shoot can move a small wire that before held it in place. So, in sum, it’s just a slight difference in wire size, to purpose.

  2. Gerald says:

    love the relaxed naturalness of la less stringent wiring. very beautiful

  3. Ray says:

    This white pine is very beautiful.
    I wish I had one myself.

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