Pruning trees in warm winter weather

Asked February 1, 2016, 9:10 AM EST

I have crepe myrtles and Korean dogwoods that I would normally prune now - but with temperatures in the 50s and 60s I am not sure how to proceed. When should I prune? Many thanks

Montgomery County Maryland

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Prune dogwood trees after bloom
Crape myrtles require little pruning and should be done in early spring before the new growth comes out. Topping them destroys the natural growth habit of the plant. Pruning should be limited to removing suckers and damaged dead or crossing branches. Branch thinning or limbing them up can also be done to reveal more of their attractive peeling bark.