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Aug 19, 2016 12:31 PM CST
|I have a beautiful bush about 7 - 8 feet tall now planted over 2 years ago. When is the best time to prune it back since it is growing so much and some of the growth is looking a little straggly. I live in Houston Texas area so it is really hot right now. I wasn't sure if this was a summer pruning or prune when I do the roses etc. in February?|
Aug 19, 2016 12:45 PM CST
|Hi Baybreeze, and welcome to garden.org.|
Your Duranta (Golden Dewdrop) should be in bloom and maybe making fruit now. The birds like to eat the golden fruit, and the flowers attract butterflies.
I would wait and prune hard in February when the plant is dormant. If you prune now you will get a lot of bushy ungraceful growth. If there are branches flopping over in your way, cut them out at the source - ground level or inside, at the next big stem NOT at the ends. This thinning will help the plant to not get a stunted, awkward shape.
These plants have a reputation for being difficult to shape nicely, and it's mainly because people try to cut off the ends of the branches instead of thinning.
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