Niwaki Cloud Pruning

A pruning technique from Japan where trees play a key role in the gardens and landscapes as well as being of important spiritual and cultural significance to people. Niwaki pruning is often performed to achieve some very striking effects.

I am able to offer a Niwaki Pruning service after being trained in formative styles described in Western countries as Cloud Pruning.

I regularly work in gardens in Surrey, West Sussex, London and Hampshire.

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Although Niwaki formative styles are normally applied to young trees, some mature plants can be pruned and trained with some Niwaki techniques in order to achieve some playfull effects in a garden.

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Cloud pruning in progress on an old Juniperus

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Cloud formation in progress on Pinus nigra

The way the Juniperus below has been pruned in “cup shape” clouds is not Japanese however inspired by Japanese pruning techniques. I carried out this pruning to reduce the size of the conifer and make it look … more interesting.

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Ongoing cloud pruning project on the Isle of Wight

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Buxus new shape using Japanese pruning techniques

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