Topiary Trees: The Guide To Read Before You Buy

Topiary trees have been around since the 1st century. If you want to include topiary landscaping on your property, read this guide before you buy your first shrub or tree. With topiary trees, you can make a statement so you want to make sure to do it right.

What Are Topiary Trees?View in gallery

Topiary trees are decorative and add curb appeal to your property. If you want the best types of trees for your home, should consider topiary trees. 

What Are Topiary Trees?

What Are Topiary Trees?View in gallery

Topiary is the art or practice of cutting trees or bushes into shapes. The best part about the trees is trimming into a stylish hedge to express yourself. 

Pruning Your Stunning Topiary Trees

Topiary landscaping can make your outdoor area look spectacular. You’ll want to maintain its captivating style and look. Pruning is the most important part of topiary care. Here are some friendly tips to help you keep your garden’s exquisite appearance.

Topiary Pruning Tools

When pruning your outdoor green treasures, use bypass hand pruners or handheld clipping shears. The small tools offer better precision and can get those hard-to-reach sports.
Do not use long-bladed hedge trimmers or hedge shears. Such tools will limit your pruning abilities. Topiary trees need to be trimmed at different angles. You’ll also want to start at the top and work your way down.

When To Prune Topiary Trees?

Topiary bushes do not require a lot of work to maintain their wonderful appearances.  Prune outdoor topiary every year at the beginning or end of summer. During both periods, your trees and plants recover fast.

Artificial Topiary Trees Vs. Real Topiary Trees

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If you have been shopping for topiary trees then you’ve probably noticed that there are two different kinds of topiaries available. Real ones and artificial ones. Both of these make good decorations for your home. 

They also each have their own benefits. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each so you can decide which one is right for your home.

Artificial Topiary Trees


  • Looks perfect
  • Highly customizable 
  • Can be found in any style
  • No cleanup or maintenance 


  • Can look fake
  • Doesn’t have the smell

Real Topiary Trees 


  • Smells amazing
  • Looks authentic 
  • Adds freshness 
  • Good for environment 


  • Higher maintenance 
  • Is what it is 

Best Topiary Plants To Grow

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There are real topiary tree options for you to choose from. These trees are easy to trim and shape without harming them. Perhaps one of them can suit your needs for a topiary plant. 


A rosemary topiary plant is a rosemary plant that has been shaped. Rosemary is a hearty plant that isn’t easy to kill when clipping so it’s a good option. It smells wonderful and it appears delicate, unlike most topiaries.

With the rosemary plant, it’s important not to overwater it or it can get root rot. Even when not used as a topiary, you’ll need to prune it. This is why it makes such a great topiary. 


Figs also make decent topiaries for those with green thumbs. They aren’t a popular topiary, but if you already have a fig tree you can trim it. Fig trees have large beautiful leaves.

Shaping the fig tree doesn’t work out as well as those with smaller leaves but they can be trimmed. However, you won’t be able to make crazy shapes like you can with a bush. 


Lavender is another plant you won’t need to turn into a lion or Michaelangelo statue. However, it is a good way to practice your topiary trimming skills. If you trim too much, lavender will grow back even if you trim too much.

Not to mention, having a lavender plant is beneficial. Lavender smells wonderful and offers aromatherapy benefits, which is why it is an essential oil. 


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Boxwood is a beloved plant among topiarists. The shrub is good for hedges and you can shape them however you prefer. They are a superb choice for beginner gardeners and experts.

Boxwood is also one of the most fulfilling plants to shape. It starts out very solid, so you have a lot to work with, so it’s like you are truly sculpting a work of art that is gorgeous and alive.

Gold Child

Gold Child is a type of ivy that has golden trim around each leaf. Again, since the leaves are quite large, it doesn’t make the best precisely-shaped topiary. However, it can be trimmed to look even more beautiful.

You can trim certain leaves to simply make the ivy look cleaner, or control how it grows by trimming it in a certain direction. This can be a fun beginner topiary plant, but it won’t suffice for those interested in topiary long-term. 

Yew Bush

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Yew is one of the best topiary plants. It comes ready to shape and can live for a long time. It works perfectly for beginners and is still a favorite of those who have been shaping for decades. You can’t go wrong with it.

The bush will need to be pruned even when not shaping it and you should watch the soil. If it gets too soggy, then the yew bush may not do well and end up with a fungal infection. So pay attention to this beauty. 

Arborvitae Shrub

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The arborvitae shrub isn’t the most popular tree for shaping, but it is low-maintenance. If you choose it, this will give you more time to devote to trimming and make it look spectacular.

It will need to be checked after each frost. You can make this tree look gorgeous and it is recommended that you plant them in rows. 


Holly trees are ideal for trimming. You should shape them a few times each year for the best results. As you have probably put together by now, topiary trees are susceptible to being overwatered.

This can be taken care of by not overwatering them as rainwater won’t hurt. Other than water, holly trees are easy and gorgeous. 


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This is the Laurel nobilis. The tree has large leaves, making trimming it more about cleaning it up than shaping it.

You should water it weekly and fertilizing is important. However, you should let it dry in-between waterings. 

How to Make a Flower Topiary Decoration in 6 Easy Steps

  • Find a 3-foot tree branch that’s straight and has bark. Get a six-inch clay pot with a hole at the bottom. Mix plaster and put in a flowerpot.
  • Place the branch in the middle of the pot and push it to the bottom before the plaster dries. Wait until the plaster hardens before anything else. 
  • Soak a four-inch florist foam ball in water with flower food. Slice a nine-inch florist foam brick in half.
  • Push the damp floral foam a few inches onto the tip of the wood stake. Wrap the ball in a square of chicken wire, gathering and cinching it tight to the branch beneath the ball with florist wire. Cover the wire with moss and hold it in place with floral pins.
  • Take short fresh flowers and sprigs and put them in a bowl of water. Remove the leaves from the lower parts of the stems and cut the bottom at an angle. Push the stem bases through the moss and into the foam until the ball is covered.
  • Add the flowers while turning the topiary. This will give you a balanced round shape. Cover the plaster in the flowerpot with sheet moss. Water the topiary by placing a thin funnel into the top of the ball, adding water until the ball begins to drip.

Topiary Tree Projects You Can DIY

If you’re looking for topiary tree projects, both real and artificial, then this list will inspire you. These are projects that you can do right at home with your new topiary trees that don’t involve intense shaping.

Christmas Topiary

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This Christmas topiary is made from a tomato cage. All you have to do is get your tomato cage with the pointy part up and then wrap it with artificial garland. It will then look like a trimmed tree.

Decorate it with glittered pinecones, Christmas lights, and whatever else suits you. This tree has been placed in a metal bucket which really worked well and looks perfect. But you can plant it however you like. 

Heart-Shaped Topiary

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This topiary created by Craftberry Bush is stunning. She took Valentine’s wreaths and made them into pretty little heart-shaped topiaries. 

If you can find heart-shaped artificial ones, you’ll be happy. Feel free to work with what you have and make a heart however you want. Use smaller, thinner ones or take your chances and shape something thick.

Round Wire Topiary

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As far as simple and sophisticated goes, Hearth and Vine have one of the best topiary ideas yet. You can use a variety of plants to create a wire topiary. Vines work out best as they can be wrapped easily.

While Hearth and Vine used a round wire, you can shape the wire any way that you like. Then use any type of pot to create your ideal look. It will look great no matter what you choose. 

Lemon Topiary 

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Have you ever considered creating a fake lemon tree? Well, Bird’s Party has the most gorgeous lemon trees. When paired with lemon farmhouse decor and how could you not fall in love?

Lemon trees are a good tree to start growing indoors before moving them outside. However, if you like, you can buy or build a fake one from faux lemons and use artificial leaves to create your perfect tree.

Olive Tree Topiary

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Are olive trees one of your favorite trees? This olive tree by Beauty for Ashes is stunning. All you need to create this in the way the original creator did is tie two olive branches together and plant them.

If you want it to last forever, you’ll need fake branches. If you’re okay with fresh decoration for a limited time then go with real branches if you can find them. Olive trees are amazing.

Pumpkin Topiary

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These pumpkin topiaries by The Latin Next Door are amazing. If you want a topiary but don’t like a lot of green, this should be perfect for you. It works well during all seasons, but autumn is best.

To create them, stack your faux pumpkins up, paint them, and add the greenery in between. From there, the details are all up to you. Don’t forget to use chalk paint as it works best for this project. 

Textured Potted Topiaries 

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Delicious and DIY will be our last stop here and we really don’t need anything else to inspire us. Their gorgeous potted topiaries will suit any space, especially if you paint the plant to suit your decor.

You can buy texture paint for this project. If you do, you will have to use them one at a time in any design style that you choose. Feel free to copy this tutorial exactly, from the same colors to pattern for your topiary tree. 

Topiary Trees Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Best Landscape Topiary Plants?

The best landscape topiary plants are shrubs, herbs, hedges, vines, sphagnum moss, and brush cherry.

What Are Some Gorgeous Front Yard Topiary Ideas?

Topiary is all about appearance and curb appeal. Small evergreen trees will look spectacular in our front yard. and are wonderful for topiary styles. The trees grow throughout the year. You can make them the focus of your outdoor green paradise. They even look great when during the winters when it snows.

What Are Some Amazing Backyard Topiary Ideas?

You should position your topiaries in the corners of your backyard. If you have a patio, put them on either side of the entry. 

Which tree is prohibited in Vastu Shastra?

It is believed the Peepal tree is inhabited by the Gods, so it’s not appropriate according to Vastu Shastra. Because of this, the Peepal tree should not be grown in your home.

Topiary Trees Conclusion

Topiary landscaping is an art. The great thing about it is that you don’t have to be skilled at it if you want to try it. If you make a trimming mistake, it will grow back fast and you can try again. With Topiary trees and bushes, it’s all about creating a wonderful home environment. If you have a green thumb and you like working outside in your yard, topiary landscaping is the ideal activity.