What is Aesthetic Pruning?

Aesthetic Pruning is the creative interpretation of small trees and shrubs.  This living art form combines the artistic skill of the pruner, the essence of a tree, the science of horticulture and the needs of clients and surroundings.

With its foundation in Japanese garden pruning, bonsai and arboriculture, aesthetic pruning incorporates visual art and design principles to work with plant material in its unique setting. Due to the universality of its approach, aesthetic pruning benefits all situations and garden styles.

Aesthetic pruners focus their work on trees and shrubs under 15 feet tall.  They are dedicated to the craft of pruning, versed in many styles and have a long term vision with an emphasis on beauty.  Aesthetic pruners make the right cuts for the right reason.

Our overarching goals are to:

  • Keep the tree in scale with its site.
  • Maintain the health of the tree.
  • Avoid anything that looks too “pruned”.  Over interpreting a  tree to some rigid form is never the goal.
  • Help a tree to express its essence. So maples sohw off what is important abut a maple (in another blog), a pine shows its “pineness” and so on.
  • Individual goals for individual trees. Even two maples in a yard might have different needs depending on their placement and microclimate.
  • Add gravitas. I love this word. It means that we add add age to a tree. This makes it seem like it’s been on site for a long time and adds a comfortable groundedness to the garden.

Next week: what’s the opposite of aesthetic pruning?