Cutting down two older rugosa's

thorn_grower(Zone 5)April 28, 2014

These two shrubs are 14-16 yrs old, Jens Munk was about 8 ft. and leaning 45 degrees, being crowded out by a tree which has been removed. Henry Hudson about 6 ft tall. Both are woody big trunks. I took jens munk down to about 2 and a half feet. and henry maybe 1 and a half. which seems about right to me but maybe i should have taken jens munk down more. Is that far enough what do you guys think.

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seil zone 6b MI

I think with the shading tree removed those two should bounce back and be beauties!

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 5:34PM
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PortlandMysteryRose(8)

I agree with Seil. Rugosas have great bounce-back in my experience. As your plants put out new canes, you can selectively prune out the older ones in time. So, if you are wondering about keeping a big, woody cane in the midst of others that are in better proportion, you can prune it out later. Both plants should be great as they grow in the light. Good ol' rugosas! Carol

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 9:18PM
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thorn_grower(Zone 5)

Thanks for your thoughts. THE TREE IS GONE....What possibilities....

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 10:54PM
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