How and When to prne a Mimosa tree? - Knowledgebase Question

peabody, MA
Question by suzieque
July 23, 2005
I have a Mimosa tree in my back yard I planted around 7 years ago. I thought it died one year but came back. It is really taking off this year, getting taller and spreading like crazy, and is FINALLY getting flowers.. hooray! Now its really bushy and I'd like to prune it into more of a tree. What time of year is best and is there any trick to pruning it so I won't hurt it? I love it so much! Thanks for the information.

Answer from NGA
July 23, 2005


Mimosas can be pruned, however each cut you make offers an invitation for pests and diseases to enter the bark. Since mimosas are potentially subject to so many problems, it is usually better to avoid pruning if possible. If you really want to prune, the best time would be late winter to early spring before it starts to grow for the year, or early summer when the cuts will heal fastest. Pruning in early summer will reduce the number of blooms however. Enjoy your mimosa!

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