Pruning Camellias - Knowledgebase Question

Fair Oaks, CA
Question by vtwovans
January 7, 2000
What is the best time of year to prune back a camellia tree that has reached 20 feet and is obstructing the motion sensor light?


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Answer from NGA
January 7, 2000

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A camellia, like any flowering ornamental, should be pruned just after it has finished blooming so it will have time to develop flower buds before its next flowering period. Now is a good time to prune your camellia. We usually recommend that overgrown plants be pruned over two or three seasons, rather than all at once. Your shrub depends upon the leaves to provide nutrients to the roots. If you remove too much growth at one time, the plant will become stressed. Plan on removing only one-third of the shrub at any one time. Your patience and planning will result in a healthier plant.


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