Controlling growth of miniature trees

How to keep your miniature trees in scale on your garden railroad
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Two Washington hawthorn trees (Crataegus phaenopyrum), on either side of the Farm & Garden store, grow in plastic containers sunk in the ground. These 10-year-old trees are maintained in dwarf form by root pruning, confinement, and top trimming.
Don Parker
Trees don't come ready-made for our railroad gardens. You can't walk into a nursery and pick up a mature-looking live tree that's in scale with your railroad, like you can a piece of rolling stock or a structure. Trees keep growing until they reach maturity, and it's the rare exception that looks in-scale and realistic when full grown. There are things you can do to slow down that growth and train the tree into a reasonable resemblance of a realistic, full-grown tree.

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