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Question: 1207-4814
Is it too late to prune trees and shrubs now? Ed, Bosrah, CT

Mort's Answer:
Pines and maples are best pruned in the winter. Deciduous plants like forsythia that do have buds for early blooming should be pruned after they are finished as flowers. All other deciduous plants can be cut back now. Evergreens like arborvitae, hemlock, yews and juniper will burn at the tips. This would not kill the shrubs but you are best served waiting until late spring. Most vines like clematis can be cut mid winter. Perhaps the cruelest cuts of all are evergreen azaleas and rhododendrons that are cut now. This buds will be both leaves and flower, when they grow up.

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