Pruning a burning bush

mintjulep49March 10, 2012

I have a huge burning bush in my front yard that desperately needs to be trimmed back. As I live in Michigan, normally the beginning of March would not be a great time to prune, however with the warm winter we've had, I already see it starting to bud. Is it ok to prune now?

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denninmi(8a)

Yes, it should be fine. I have the native wild version, Euonymous atropurpurea, the so-called "Wahoo Tree", and I wouldn't be afraid to prune it now. I actually cut mine down to stubs every 8-10 years, otherwise it gets full of old, dead and weak growth and seems to lose vigor.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 10:16PM
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Phil1962

Have been pruning my BB back to 3-4 ft every spring before bud break for 10 yrs, no problems, must occasionally remove a couple of entire branches to keep vigorous.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 5:36PM
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