When to prune Pacific Wax Myrtle - Knowledgebase Question

Fox Island, WA
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Question by equistor2
October 1, 2006

First I want to thank you for the great information I have received from the expert(s) at your site!

I planted a privacy hedge of wax myrtle last spring (they are now about 5 ft tall), and I want to know what to do to promote thick growth for a dense hedge. Should I prune them? When is the best time to do so?

Thank you for your help.

Mary Quistorff

Answer from NGA
October 1, 2006
Glad you find our guidance helpful! You can prune your plants in the early spring, just as new growth begins. Since you want them to form a dense hedge you can simply prune them with hedge shears to make them even in growth habit. Pruning off the tips of the branches will force new growth towards the center of the plant, resulting in a thick, dense growth pattern.

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