Thursday, July 9, 2015

Burning Bush, Prune now for red later

            If you have Burning Bushes now would be a good time to prune them; in fact time is running out for pruning them.

            The Burning Bush as you may know turns red in the fall; it does this only with leaves that have been exposed to sunlight for a number of weeks. People who prune them too late in the season will have removed all these poetical red turning leaves, leaving those that have been shaded by the ones they have just remove, and therefore no red will be seen this fall.

            Yearly pruning of the Burning Bush can produce what is called “witch brooming”. It happens when the pruner only removes the tops on each branch. Multiple stems cluster at the end of this branch, which does produce a very thick looking bush, which people like to see; but it becomes so thick that most everything under this canopy dies and falls off.

            Every so often these thick clusters should be removed. Now you do wind up with a very thin shrub for a month or so; but it will grow back, and look much better in the not so distant long run.

            It is better to do this kind of pruning in the late fall, after they’ve turned red and have fallen off, or early spring.

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