Prunning a Mimosa - Knowledgebase Question

Plympton, Ma
Question by Carrasquillo
September 9, 2005
I have a mimosa in my yard that has grown quite tall and I wish to prune it down to a reasonable size. I noticed it is suitable to breakage, and is quite a pretty but messy tree.

Answer from NGA
September 9, 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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