When to prune California Lilac

gordonf(z8a/Vancouver I)April 16, 2006

Could someone please tell me when I should prune my Ceanothus? I bought it as a tiny fellow a couple of years ago and now it's growing like Topsy. If I prune it now will I risk losing this year's bloom, or should I wait until after it flowers?

-Gord

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silver_creek(z8a WA)

I would prune it as it ends flowering; that is when it will be pushing new growth.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2006 at 8:50AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

I would use same timing, only I would only cut one back to keep it flat on a wall.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2006 at 8:40PM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Gord, do you have an evergreen or deciduous ceanothus?

You can shape the evergreen types after flowering, not before or you lose this years flowers.

Prune deciduous types as leaves begin to appear in Spring, and these do need regular pruning or become weak with poor flowering.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2006 at 12:22PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Yes: 'Gloire de Versailles' etc. I would cut back hard annually in March.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2006 at 3:29PM
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gordonf(z8a/Vancouver I)

Thanks to all of you! I won't prune until after it blooms, as it is evergreen. I really appreciate the prompt advice, as I've never grown ceanothus before!

-Gord

    Bookmark   April 21, 2006 at 12:26AM
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al_compost

SW Washington People,
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    Bookmark   May 17, 2006 at 4:03AM
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john_b_telus_net

Not exactly a pruning question but here goes: My California Lilac is in well drained soil and situated in full sun and had been thriving. It went brown this winter and died and I can only assume it was because of the extended cold snaps we had. Now I am reticent to buy another and invest in the time it will take to mature. How hardy are these plants meant to be? If I do replant, what should I do to protect it in the event of another prolonged cold winter?

    Bookmark   April 14, 2009 at 4:09PM
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