The Q&A Archives: Burning Bush/Purple Plum Trimming

Question: After moving into a my new house (in August), I aggressively cut back a row of burning bush and purple plums which act a hedge against the front of my house. Did I do the trimming at the wrong time? Will these two plants acting as "hedges" come back and grow correctly this spring?

Answer: Most pruning should be done when plants are dormant, in this case in late winter/early spring just before new growth begins. (Unless they flower in spring on new growth, in which case they would be pruned after blooming.) The reason for not pruning in late summer is that pruning stimulates new tender growth, which is susceptible to frost damage. As long as your plants are still alive, they should grow again this spring.

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