Olive Poodle, Eugenia Floor Lamps, Ligustrum Finials

Olive Poodle (yes, it's an olive tree!)
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 Cloud pruning is usually seen in Japanese style gardens, or bonsai.  Olive trees take to it very well:  they can seemingly be whacked into all sorts of shapes, and simply grow back without injury.  Olive trees are very long lived plants;  being able to handle the strange things humans do to them appears to be part of their secret to long life.  
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When the Eugenia psyllid arrived in Southern California, it was a great tragedy.  The psyllid does severe damage to Syzigium paniculatum (Eugenia myrtifolia) foliage, or defoliates the plant to a degree that renders it horribly ugly.   Before the psyllid, Syzigium, like the Olive, was another tree you could do all kinds of peculiar things with--here the homeowner has turned a pair into what appear to be floor lamps.  Irresistibly wonderful.Photobucket
Ligustrum and Buxus Finials
The finial shapes at least make a common hedge more interesting.  Ligustrum leaves are too large to really be sheared, but the vigor and toughness of the plant makes it an rational choice for hedges. 
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The same homeowner repeated the theme in a low triple hedge of Syzygium, Buxus, and variegated Euonymous. 
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Comments

  1. I like the label...what we do to trees. he he

    I thought you might of sheared the pups to look like poodles.

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  2. Love that olive cloud tree, but that's a job I surely don't want on my chores list!

    I'm not a huge sheared hedge fan, but that last photo: wow! I really like the different colors/levels.

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  3. I must say it's an artwork but I think it's a whole of a job to keep it all in shape. Great vieuws Hoover.

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