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    I'm so glad I read this thread! My Dad has a tree that has grown twice the size of all the others, and has never flowered. He keeps threatening to remove it - I think I'll get the Loppers out and give it a fright!
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    Not a damson, but still, a relevant story maybe. I had a hebe that was supposed to have blue flowers, but it never bothered. One day in desperation, I lifted it from the soil (with its root ball) and wheeled it in me barrow to the compost heap and said - 'this is where you're going if you don't flower!' I took it back and replanted it. Just lifting its roots would have given it the required amount of disturbance to make it flower, but I enjoyed the whole threatening bit! You can't do this with a damson though!
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    I have a similar problem with a young tree. It's a merryweather on St. Julian stock. No flower this year but by golly it's growing. Loads of new top and side shoots. I don't know whether I should cut it back. It's grown about 3' in a year and is now 8'.

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    Prune back the new green shoots to just a few inches - any time now.
    Of course, if some of the shoots are well-placed for future main structure, you might want to leave them.
    If you don't trim the tree, it will only end up looking messy when, one day, you have to remove half the canopy. Trees should be trained from a young age. Most people make the mistake of planting a tree and not bothering to train it - then complain that the tree has got too big.
    Proper training in the first few years after planting is the most important part of the trees life.

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    Thankyou so much FB. I only have a small garden but knew that damson can grow too big for me. I needed to know how to control it. Thanks again..

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    If you cut the new growth back hard soon, only to find that by late July it is fighting back, prune it hard for a second time, in late July-very early August.

    I've got several hazels that I want to keep at 6ft, but they will grow a couple of feet per year - so I cut them back very hard each summer and they form very neat medium-sized bushes and crop very well.
    In fact, within a couple of weeks of their hard summer prune, I can see them starting to form masses of catkins for the following season.
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