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Photo by: William Cullina

What to Cut — And When: Certain plants benefit from more regular pruning, while others need time to regenerate between cuts. This guide summarizes the timing that’s best for different varieties.

Cut Back Every 2 to 3 years:

◗ Aralia

◗ Aronia

◗ Ceanothus (evergreen species)

◗ Corylopsis

◗ Corylus

◗ Cotoneaster

◗ Deutzia

◗ Disanthus

◗ Forsythia

◗ Fothergilla

◗ Hamamelis

Hydrangea quercifolia and most H. macrophylla varieties

◗ Ilex (deciduous)

◗ Malus

◗ Philadelphus

◗ Prunus

◗ Syringa

◗ Viburnum

◗ Weigela

Go to next page to see what to prune every 4 to 7 years.

 

This article was first published in Garden Design February/March 2013