Pruning - Knowledgebase Question

Gloucester, MA (Zone 6A)
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Question by tamtam01930
April 11, 2005
I'd like to know when is a good time to prune(shape) a burning bush? I live on the coast of Gloucester, MA. The srub is approx. 8 years old and has been tranplanted only once, 7 years ago and doing very well. Although I'd like to give it some shape so it'll look better in the small space that it's in. Thanks for you help!

Answer from NGA
April 11, 2005
This shrub can be pruned in the winter, spring or early summer. If you need to cut it back quite a lot, do it as early in the year as possible. Burning bush, even in the so-called dwarf or compact form, can eventually reach 8 feet or more over time. If it is truly too large for the location where it is planted you may want to consider replacing it with something that matures to a more appropriate size.

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