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Staten Island, New York
Jul 3, 2017 5:08 AM CST
When is the best time to cut back an overgrown oak leaf hydrangea? Mine is in bloom now & is about 5' tall and very narrow as it is growing among many other plants.
Name: Dave
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Jul 3, 2017 6:11 AM CST
I cut back the old growth and do a general trim in the late fall.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Jul 3, 2017 6:58 AM CST
If you trim in the fall, make sure it's late enough that a trim is not going to encourage new growth before winter. The new growth might not have time to harden off before cold weather. I would trim either right after blooming or in the spring.
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