Arabian Lilac question

mikerizzle9February 9, 2013

I just picked up this 5 gal at HD... I have questions about pruning. Check out the trunk and tell me what I should do. I noticed that some of the oldest looking stems are producing new growth at the tip, meaning without branching like a rose or everything else I'm used to. I choose this one because it had the most dense base.

There is plenty of top growth but I wanted to get a good pic of what I'm talking about.

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mikerizzle9

Here is the whole bush

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 4:22PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Fun! It probably depends what you want it to do. I like them just left to grow unpruned into small trees. If you want it to stay SHORT then you can trim it back in late winter (it flowers on new wood). If it was mine, I'd probably select my favorite dozen branches and cut the rest away.

They're great, fun plants here for sure. When I worked (for fun, on weekends mostly) at Tera's Gardens nursery we had a few that rooted into the ground through their pots and we ended up just cutting the pots away and leaving them when she sold the place. They're still there (the place is a restaurant now)--that shows how durable they are. Love the underside of those leaves! Let us know what you do and how it works out! Happy gardening!

Grant

Here is a link that might be useful: Pics from my garden February 2013

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 2:53PM
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immobilus(9a)

Gorgeous! I want one! How y'all do they get if left to grow as trees?

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 9:05PM
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mikerizzle9

Thanks for tips Grant... Once I got my hands in there it became clear what growth was dead and what was healthy. Looking wasn't enough for me, had to see what bended and what broke. I got it cleaned up enough for me to plant. I hate planting and pruning when I'm sitting on the ground, I like to have the area I'm focused easy to reach while I'm kicking back in a chair.

I'll give it another go once it gets settled and shows its habit. It will be shading my bedroom window.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 8:47PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Hah! I like your approach to pruning mikerizzle9. Having it up on a table sounds great, as does bending/snapping the twigs. Great job. We'll want pics when it's planted of course, and then after it's grown a bit. They really are neat plants--the undersides of the leaves are amazing! So nice.

immobilus, I've seen them get to about 12-15 feet tall, but they could probably get taller. They don't get quite as big as their relative the chaste tree, but they can become nice little trees if you let them.

Happy gardening all,!
Grant

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 6:16PM
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