The Q&A Archives: Flowering Bush

Question: I have some flowering bushes in my yard and I am not sure what they are. The are blooming now (late April), covered with tiny white flowers. The branches are long and thin, and sweep the ground. What kind of bush does this sound like, and when should I prune it?

Answer: This sounds like one of the old fashioned smaller flowered spireas. These would be pruned in spring right after they bloom. Most of the spring flowering shrubs should be pruned immediately after they bloom, so even if it turns out not to be a spirea, that is when I would suggest pruning it. Pruning later in the season would remove the branches that would flower the following spring.

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