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Coppicing

Coppicing is a pruning technique where a tree or shrub is cut to ground level, resulting in regeneration of new stems from the base. It is commonly used for rejuvenating and renovating old shrubs.

Coppicing is a pruning technique used for many reasons, including:

Creates a multi-stemmed shrub rather than a large single-trunked tree Generates new stems on shrubs with good winter stem colour (such as dogwoods and some willows) Encourages larger leaves on trees such as Catalpa, Cercis and PaulowniaEncourages juvenile small leaves on certain species of EucalyptusGenerates woody stems for firewood and/or charcoal making. Rejuvenates and renovates old shrubs and hedging plants that tolerate hard pruning, such as yew, hornbeam and beech.

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