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TeaTreeinTexas
Feb 19, 2017 7:31 PM CST
My husband got a little over zealous with the pruning shears this weekend. We have two tea olives flanking our front porch which are currently blooming. They were about 6 feet tall and my husband cut about half the height off them because they were growing through the porch railing. Will this permanently damage the plants? Will they grow back? There are still small branches with leaves but the main ones are just stumps. Thanks!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 19, 2017 7:36 PM CST
Wow! Those are really BIG Tea Olives! Don't beat up on your Hubby too much - he might have done your plants a favor. Tea Olives bloom on new wood. That means they need constant pruning and shaping to keep them blooming. Next time, suggest he save his pruning until after blooming.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Feb 20, 2017 8:28 AM CST
Generally. Most trees, you dont want to prune more than 25-30 % off at one time. Butt ! Olives ! Is one tree that you can cut off to ground, and it will grow back.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 20, 2017 10:09 AM CST
Phillip, they aren't really olives. Osmanthus not Olea.
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TeaTreeinTexas
Feb 20, 2017 9:28 PM CST
Thanks y'all! I'm keeping positive thoughts since I know he meant well! I also just noticed today that he cut back our bird of paradise as well...most of the foliage appeared to have dried up/died with the last freeze. Will this come back too?

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