Cardinal autumn olive - Knowledgebase Question

antioch, il
Question by bhupp34626
January 25, 2007
or elaeagnus umbellata - did not buy from you, but hope you can help me and give ideas as to whether i should prune it or not. Lots of branches

Answer from NGA
January 25, 2007


This shrub can be pruned right after it blooms in the spring. If you selectively remove the oldest branches on a regular basis, that will help thin it. It is a large plant, though, growing to about 12 feet tall and wide, and is not a naturally tidy looking plant, so it may be a case where it is simply too large and unkempt in habit for your landscape. I should also mention that this plant was originally introduced by the Soil Conservation Service and has since been found to be an invasive in many areas -- as it spreads very quickly by seed and displaces native plants. You might want to check with your local county extension and/or your local professionally trained nurseryman to see if something else might be more appropriate.

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