A friend of mine has moved into a house with three large yaupons in
the front yard. They are 7-8 feet tall, and were planted when the
house was built - 1972. They do not appear to be a dwarf variety at
From the visual standpoint, these plants need to be cut WAY back,
but in the past they must have been pruned with a hedge trimmer
because they are now basically large topiary/hedge balls, with all
the green on the outer shell, with all wood in the interior.
If he does go ahead and cut them back to a much smaller size, and
removes all the green, will that kill them? If not, now long will
it be before new green develops?
Other options, other than removal?