Azalea Trimming - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by dvkeller
July 1, 2010
I have an overgrown Azalea (approx. 20 ft. tall). There are leaves on the top and a few at the base (the deer have eaten the middle). I would like to remove all but the bottom branches. Can I do so without killing the bush?

Answer from NGA
July 1, 2010
You can prune off about one third of your azalea in any one pruning session without sending it into shock. If you need to remove more than that, plan on a second pruning session early next spring. Eventually you'll have it pruned down to the right size.

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