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When to prune California Lilac

Posted by gordonf z8a/Vancouver I (gordonf@email.com) on
Sun, Apr 16, 06 at 3:27

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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RE: When to prune California Lilac

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


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RE: When to prune California Lilac

  • Posted by bboy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 16, 06 at 20:40

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


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RE: When to prune California Lilac

  • Posted by morz8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 17, 06 at 12:22

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.


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RE: When to prune California Lilac

  • Posted by bboy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 17, 06 at 15:29

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


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RE: When to prune California Lilac

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


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RE: When to prune California Lilac

SW Washington People,
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RE: When to prune California Lilac

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?


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