The Q&A Archives: Pruning Shrubs

Question: What is a proper spring pruning for:
a) Azaleas
b) Rhododendrons
c) Japanese Maple

Answer: Both rhododendrons and azaleas spend the summer months developing flower buds which will open the following spring. So, wait until after flowering has finished later this spring, then prune them back. Japanese maples generally don't need annual pruning, but you may want to remove misplaced or damaged branches early in the season (March or April). Best wishes with your garden!

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