Should I prune this seed pods or what ever they are off.

Asked September 20, 2020, 11:09 PM EDT

I just had three Japanese tree lilacs planted in my yard and wondered if that would be OK to do? Since I don't think they'll be doing anything more this fall. Or are they seeds, buds for next season or old dried buds? Thanks for your help. Milt in Duluth

St. Louis County Minnesota

1 Response

Those are the seed pods that form following the bloom. They can be pruned off with no ill effect. A reminder to water your new trees well each week until the ground is frozen.