Please can anyone help I have a very large tree in my garden which I love for all sorts of reasons and do not want to loose but I do not know what it is or how much more it is going to grow. Purchased with 5 twigs planted 12-13 years ago but in the last 6 years it has really taken to the sky and does not seem as though it is going to stop. I would like to curtail it be cutting back to a more managable size if possible but not having any information on what it is makes me worry we could kill it if we start cutting bits of etc.
Please all who can help.
I think your tree is probably a Cedrus deodara, the Deodar cedar.
They get to be very big, very beautiful trees, but to get the best of them they really need space to grow into like a large garden or parkland.
You will not damage anything but it's graceful appearance by pruning some branches or even lifting it's skirts up a metre or two, but be sure to take the branches back to the collar where the branch meets the trunk. Try to avoid just pruning off the very ends, take branches back to a junction and think before you cut how the end result might look.
However, in the long run it may well just get too big for your garden, especially in the position you currently have it. A hard choice to make... Either enjoy it as it is for it's grace, beauty and all the other reasons you love it for as long as possible. Or prune it and run the risk of spoiling exactly what you love about it and ending up with a bit of an eyesore...
If I were in your shoes I'd go with the first option and in the mean time visit gardens and arboretums to find a tree species you love the look of but which will suit the area available better.
Best of luck...
Thank you for your answers up to now I shall try to take it all in tomorrow as that is two types I have been given and to be honest niether is what I wanted to hear as it looks like it is only going to get taller which is not what I wanted to hear. looks like I am going to have to get someone in to give it a good cut or even to remove in full. But please I will keep this open in the hope that I get some good news.