Trees and Shrubs forum: Aloysia virgata / Sweet Almond Bush

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Name: Molly McKinley
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MollyMc
Jul 4, 2016 12:24 PM CST
I have 3 of these growing in my gardens. I do love them and their wonderful fragrance.

The oldest one has been here for 10+ years. It has always been leggy, as are the 2 younger ones.

The older one is now at the stage where new growth is not really showing and any leaves coming out on the old branches are sporadic and it is not flowering. Is this bush at the end of its life cycle?

Can these be pruned to be a bushier plant rather than having leggy runners climbing through the adjoining trees/bushes?
Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jul 18, 2016 12:07 PM CST
Hi Molly,
Yes, they can be pruned, shaped, etc. They in fact take very well to it, and will most probably rejuvenate it. Thumbs up
Name: Tara
NE, Florida (Zone 9a)
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terrafirma
Aug 21, 2016 10:54 AM CST
So, did you tackle this one, Molly? How's it doing?
Name: Molly McKinley
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MollyMc
Nov 6, 2016 4:15 AM CST
Tara, yes I did prune this one back, but unfortunately it was already on its way to dying. But I have two more that are healthy and going strong.

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