Cloud Pruning

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This Viburnum Tinus was pruned into the cloud form many years ago after it suffered damage under a heavy snowfall. At the time I was reading a book on Niwaki, Japanese garden trees, and decided to have some fun with it. Every year I’ve continued to refine it’s cloud form. Here are it’s stages throughout the year: A springtime bloom, followed by new growth that blurs the shape and then a summer shearing to keep the form tight.