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May 8, 2020 12:18 PM CST
Michigan
We recently moved to a new house and would like to identify these shrubs. Are they viburnum? Is the lack of leaves throughout the middle of the shrub normal, or are they in need of some hard pruning to rejuvenate their growth?
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May 9, 2020 12:34 PM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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Its too early to know right now give them another 4 weeks to see the vegetative stage. Don't prune heavy until the Winter and then be careful not to cut off the flowers for the next year. By the end of the year you will know what you have and what to do. Be patient, they are so beautiful.
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May 10, 2020 3:19 AM CST
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Not Viburnum sp.
These are Amelanchier sp.
Wait for leaves ..then.
Prune out any branches that are dead.
You could cut back hard after flowering ..it would re grow from the bottom.
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May 10, 2020 6:46 AM CST
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
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Yes - this is the normal natural habit for the Amelanchier sp. commonly planted and grown up in the Michigan region. Amelanchier arborea, Amelanchier canadensis, Amelanchier laevis and Amelanchier x grandiflora are most often produced for the landscape industry, and there are quite a few good named selections.

Your plants look fabulous, and I would not do anything to them - other than pruning out dead wood as recommended. This is the normal habit for this species in the northern US. If you are looking for lower level screening, then you might add a shade loving plant that doesn't get as tall. These species of Serviceberries are 8-10' to 25' tall large shrubs/small trees.

You could try growing some viburnum selections around them...
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