Butterfly Bush Maintance - Knowledgebase Question

Elgin, IL
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Question by Cbadtaz
May 7, 2000
Do you prune off all the dead branches on them or just let them go?

Answer from NGA
May 7, 2000
Suggested pruning for this plant includes removing any winter kill or truly dead branches, then trimming back to shape the bush or control its size as desired. Pruning lightly can encourage additional branching which in turn means more flowers, so you may want to do that in addition to removing dead branches. In some cases, too, a gardener will cut this plant nearly to the ground to rejuvenate it and to bring it down in height.

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