when to prune - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by Happygrimes
April 6, 2008
We just planted some allamamda plants and I was wondering if you prune them and when. Thank you

Answer from NGA
April 6, 2008
Allamanda produces flowers on the current season's growth, so you'll want to prune in early spring to encourage a flush of flowering growth. There are several types of allamanda, which are either shrubs or vines:
Allamanda Brown Bud - Allamanda cathartica; Fast growing shrubbing vine that can reach 3-6 ft. in height. The stems of this plant can be pruned to keep this in bush form or let grow on a trellis to make a small vine. Produces LARGE yellow flowers that are brown before they open up. Blooms nearly year-round and is Very Showy.

Allamanda Bush - Allamanda neriifolia; Fast growing shrub that can get 3-5 ft. in height. Lush, dark green evergreen leaves that form a nice dense bush. Produces yellow trumpet shaped blossoms throughout the year. Great for hedges.

Allamanda 'Cherries Jubilee'; Fast growing vining shrub that can reach 3-6 ft. in height. Branches are long stems that can be pruned regularly to form a shrub or trellised to make a small vine. Produces a Striking Cherry/Lavander bloom, that can be as big as your hand, almost year-round. FULL SUN FOR BEST RESULTS.

Allamanda Dwarf - Allamanda cathartica 'Hendersonii"; Slow growing evergreen shrub that only gets 3 ft. in height. Small glossy green leaves form a nice tight shrub that creates a mounding shape. Produces yellow trumpet shaped flowers in the warmer months of the year. Protect from the cold.

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