Butterfly bush: How severly can I cut back

ladyrose65October 27, 2012

I have a butterfly bush that is not even 2-years old, but it's the size of a medium tree. How severely can I cut the bush back without killing it?

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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

You can cut it back nearly to the ground, but if I were you, I'd wait until spring to do so. I can't remember the reason, but cutting anything back before winter makes it more likely to be killed by cold weather. I imagine if you live in a northern climate, it would be especially important to wait.

I cut mine back to about 2' tall each spring, and they always grow back nicely.


    Bookmark   October 27, 2012 at 12:47PM
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Thank You Sherry.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2012 at 11:52PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

If this is a factor, don't shovel excess snow onto/near your BB, or water it while dormant. Totally agree about the pruning advice.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2012 at 12:34PM
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