I have a large broad Cedrus lebani that was storm damaged nursery stock and has lovely taper and strong growth over all. However it has long branches with little to no growth tight in from some of the harder years in its past. I am in process of bending and looping many of the branches around this year in preparation to use them as self donated approach grafts next year. Meanwhile trimming back the top to allow as much sun down into the core and even hope for the small possibility of a tiny amount of back-budding. (I’m not holding my breath with a lebani)
Most importantly any trimming needs to keep these branches healthy to receive the approach grafts next year.
So i was wondering if there is some ballpark guide for how few needles are too few and risk branch dieback? (It doesn’t need them for general fuel since the looped branches have tons of buds left on them)
In my image thqt i marked up,
Blue is the donor limb looped and secured for the season
Red is where it will eventually be approach grafted
And yellow are examples of limbs that will be receiving grafts over the years and then ultimately chopped back to the graft. So for now i need it alive and health, but not shading anything out and if at all possible, encouraged to backbudding, hence i would like it trimmed down to minimal needles.
hope that made any sense.