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Close-up of rounding-over

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rounded over tree

If you look closely you can see one inch diameter heading cuts at the edge of the canopy. This type of pruning has no place in most situations unless the trees are to be maintained as topiaries for a long time. Topiary is a practice that requires annual or even more often pruning to maintain a small, formal shape.