PRUNING FORSYTHIA AND MOCK ORANGE

Asked July 10, 2015, 6:58 PM EDT

MY SHRUBS ARE GETTING HUGE! I'M READY TO START WHACKING ON THEM, BUT AM CONCERNED THIS IS A BAD TIME.

Marion County Oregon

1 Response

Forsythia and Mock Orange are both naturally large shrubs. They easily grow 7 - 10 feet tall and equally as wide. They could simply be too large for the space in which they're planted. However, you can make them look better. 1. Prune out any dead branches. 2. Prune out the worst of the crossing/rubbing branches. 3. Prune out the worst of the branches that start on one side, snake through the middle and out the other side. 4. If a cane/branch sticks out at a low angle, cut it off at or near the ground. Pruning now will leave fewer blooms for next year but it will not kill the shrubs. Here is a link to "Pruning Trees and Shrubs" from University of Minnesota Extension. http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/pruning-trees-shrubs/