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Neglected, overgrown spring-flowering shrubs often require extensive pruning to rejuvenate or renew the plants.

Can the tree be be cut back now in our climate zone?

The best time to rejuvenate large, overgrown shrubs is late winter or early spring (March or early April). Heavy pruning in late winter or early spring will reduce or eliminate the flower. Plant trimming is shaping. This can be done any time of year in South Florida. Hard pruning - cutting back up to one-third to even one-half of a plant - should only be done in warm months March 15th through October 15th.

Always water well before giving a plant a hard pruning. Apr 20, DO Prune Flowering Shrubs at the Right Time of Year Spring-flowering shrubs, such as lilac and forsythia, develop buds that will display the following year during the Estimated Reading Time: 4 mins. May 11, Prune shrubs that don’t flower in spring, including rose of Sharon, crape myrtle, hardy hibiscus, butterfly bush and Peegee hydrangea.

Place pruning cuts to shape plants and thin shrub interiors. In the coldest areas, you should ideally wait to prune summer bloomers until all Author: Julie Martens Forney.

Shrubs can be evergreen or deciduous, dropping their foliage in winter.

Be careful with spring-blooming shrubs- those usually can’t be pruned in winter without damaging the flower buds and ruining the blooming season. (So don’t even think about taking the shears to your azalea, viburnum, spirea, lilac, rhododendron, quince, loropetalum, and forsythia in winter!)Estimated Reading Time: 4 mins.

May 18, If you prune while the tree is trying to actively grow in the spring, it is even more of a burden. Dormant pruning allows the tree or shrub to deal with healing the cut without having to worry about producing leaves and flowers or sending out new growth. Winter-pruned plants are less susceptible to insect and disease problems.

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