Keeping Limelight within bounds

tulipsmiles(6 South of Boston)April 22, 2014

Hi All,
I have three limelight placed within close proximity (3 feet apart) that create a very short hedge.
They were so huge last summer and only getting bigger.
I figure now is the time to cut back if Im going to.
Is it ok for me to take off about 1/3 of their height? and perhaps do a bit of shaping?
I dont want to do any damage but they must stay within some kind of bounds. They are very aggresive! and beautiful...

thanks in advance!

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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

Yes, "regular" Limelight can get around 8' by 8' (and more) so, if growing a hedge, be ready to prune to control and shape often in Spring. It produces blooms on new wood so prune now and post pictures later, in June-ish? I do not have the space for it or a hedge but, I admit, I once considered a hedge of Little Limes a few years ago. Ha!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 6:15AM
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vivian_2010

I use 2 limelights as part of focal points for a perennial garden. So I prune hard for the last couple years to keep the size reasonable.(under 4-5 ft). They are very hardy and reliable. I typically hard prune them to ~ 18-24 inch tall sometime late March or early April. They will grow back in no time;

    Bookmark   April 26, 2014 at 5:22PM
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liz_p(8-Dallas, TX)

Wow I'm jealous! Hope mine in Texas grows nice and big ðÂÂÂ

    Bookmark   April 26, 2014 at 7:04PM
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Springwood_Gardens(6B Pittsburgh)

Any paniculata bought in a pot smaller than 3-gallon will take quite a while to get that large. So buy big or replace with big.

But it's quite acceptable to shape and hard prune them in early Spring. No harm done.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 10:54AM
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Ruth_MI(z5MI)

Once established, Limelights can grow 5' branches in a single season. I've double-pruned in the spring, especially when trying to promote branching...pruned normally the first time, then pinched back new growth once it got to a couple sets of side shoots.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 11:34AM
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