Ornamental Tree Pruning

ORNAMENTAL TREE PRUNING

For flowering shrubs/trees, time the pruning to minimize disruption of blooming.

Spring flowering shrubs/trees bloom on last season’s growth and should be pruned soon after they bloom.
• Redbuds
• Indian Hawthorn
• Azaleas
• Viburnums

Shrubs/trees that bloom after June do so from buds formed on shoots that grow the same Spring. These should be pruned in later Winter.
• Crape Myrtles
• Butterfly Bush
• Bush Rose
• Abelia
• Althea

Pruning a Crepe Myrtle
• Prune in late Winter to promote growth in Spring
• Remove all weak and dead growth
• Do not “top” the tree
• Remove all “sucker growth”

Use the right tool for the job. Continue to be safe and use safety equipment as needed. It is paramount to remember that there are 125 varieties of Crape Myrtles.

There are no more excuses for planting the wrong Crape Myrtle.
• If you want it next to a house plant a dwarf that will grow only 6’ to 8’ tall.
• A mini will be 24” – 28” high.
• A standard will grow from 12’ to 30’ high.

By topping or severely shaping a Crape Myrtle to maintain a certain size, you will be actually doing harm to the tree’s ability to get maximum blooms.


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