Can I prune azaleas now. They have a lot of dead branches in the center that I want to get rid of. They are small, about 2 feet tall and grow in semi shade.
Montgomery County Maryland
Dead branches can be at pruned at any time.
If you need to prune the azaleas for other reasons, prune after they bloom. The shrub blooms on old wood so if you prune branches now you will be pruning flower buds that will flower next spring.