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Question: 105-5201
When is the best time to cut back my firebush? Jan, Norwalk, OH

Mort's Answer:
If you cut back the Euonymous elatus or E. americana at this time, you will remove some of the fall berries but will do no harm. Unless you are worried about feeding the birds. You should thin out some of the whole branches right down to the ground first. This will make it easier to cut up to 20% off the terminal shoots. The best time to cut back would be in the winter after that beautiful red foliage has disappeared.

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