How Do I Prune My Rose Of Sharon Shrubs? - Knowledgebase Question

Cincinnati, OH
Question by becklau
August 16, 2000
I have many rose of sharon shrubs in my yard, & they are blooming but the branches are too long & VERY leggy! Please tell me when & how I should prune these shrubs!


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Answer from NGA
August 16, 2000

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These shrubs can be pruned back lightly or as much as needed to control size and shape. They bloom on the current season's wood, so the best time to prune is in late winter or very early spring. Pruning during the growing season would remove the current year's flowering wood.

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