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?


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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!


    Bookmark   April 21, 2006 at 12:26AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

SW Washington People,
I moved to Vancouver, WA last year. Do you belong to The NPSV Native PLants Society Vancouver Chapter. Do you belong any to any Garden club. I want to join some & volunteer at Naturally Beautiful Backyards, Invironmental Information Coop, & BushPrairie Master Gardeners extension.

Romerofinley@yahoo.com AL_compost

    Bookmark   May 17, 2006 at 4:03AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Need help with identifying the greens in my garden.
Hi I moved to a house in Washington state and i found...
2nd annual 'Shovel Prune' plant swap (Portland area)
Just wanted remind people to start thinking about,...
One month early bolssom - Apricot
PNW (8A) Due to warm winter my 5 year old Tomcot Apricot...
Anyone "wintersowing" tomatoes in the PNW?
I wintersow/spring sow everything else and have for...
Pot Filler
What do you use for the bottom half of a large pot...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™