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Trees and shrubs for topiary pruning

The topiary is one of the best resources to turn outdoor spaces into works of art thanks to the use of plants to create beautiful ornamental figures able to surprise anyone.

Circles, squares, cones, silhouettes of animals or people and very creative shapes are just some of the ideas that we can carry out with this type of pruning, yes, with very specific specimens that allow us to carry it out.

How do the specimens have to be for topiary pruning? Next in AgroCorrn we leave you some of its fundamental characteristics as well as some of the most grateful species in terms of trees and shrubs for topiary pruning .

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These are some of the requirements that the specimen must have in order to be used for topiary pruning:

  • It must be evergreen , as in this way it is guaranteed that it will have persistent and green foliage throughout the year (in each season only some leaves die while others remain). The cup, in this way, is never found naked.
  • In general, species with compact growth and small leaves are sought , as this will have a denser appearance and will allow you to draw all kinds of shapes without leaving unsightly empty holes.

Common specimens

They must have a minimum size that allows them to be shaped, so small plants are generally dispensed with and large specimens such as trees and shrubs are used directly:


  • Privet (Ligustrum japonicum)
  • Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
  • Ficus benjamina (Ficus benjamina)
  • Ficus nitida (Ficus microphylla = Ficus nitida)
  • Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
  • Leilandi (Cupressocyparis leylandii)
  • Pytosporus (Pittosporum tobira)
  • Yew (Taxus baccata)


  • Holly (Ilex aquifolium)
  • Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium)
  • Privet (Ligustrum jonandrum)
  • Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens)
  • Evonimo (Euonymus japonicus)
  • Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
  • Lonicera (Lonicera nitida)
  • Myrtle (Myrtus communis)
  • Pytosporus (Pittosporum tobira)
  • Yew (Taxus baccata)
  • Teucrium (Teucrium fruticans)
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