Pruning

Asked January 12, 2020, 1:26 PM EST

Hi, my white star magnolia is loaded with suckers. Can I remove them now? Also, when is the best time to trim Buddleia?

Harford County Maryland

2 Responses

It is okay to remove the suckers now. You can also remove in the spring.

In general butterfly bush is pruned in the early spring with the onset of new growth. You can prune back to about a foot. Also, we wanted to mention that butterfly bush is invasive. If the plant declines, you can take the opportunity to plant a native in its place. Here is our page about butterfly bush https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/butterfly-bush

Marian


Thank you for your speedy, informative reply.