I have neglected trimming some juniper tams under our dining room window for several seasons. They are now over 6 feet tall. Can I cut them back nearly to the ground and expect them to regrow? They have no foliage under their outer surface growth.
Junipers will not tolerate heavy pruning because they do not have latent buds below the foliage area in older wood. If branches are pruned back to older wood with no foliage, the branch stub usually dies. This fact makes it important to choose a variety of juniper that has a growth habit and mature size that will suit the planting area you have selected. The growth habits of junipers vary from low-growing ground cover varieties to large conical-pyramidal forms. You might just want to replant the area with a more suitable juniper that will require much less maintenance pruning.