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Q.10-15 yr old huckleberry plants/shrubs – shall I trim the top 4-5 feet branches?

Zone 97223 | 1052sherry added on August 25, 2018 | Answered

My huckleberry plants are 10-15 years old. They produce lots of berries that seem to be totally ripe in late September although this year with over 30 days of upper 90’s temps (yest in Portland, Oregon), they are ripening now.They receive some morning sun and the afternoon provides shade.

My question is about pruning. Four of the plants seem to grow high over 4 feet and I want to know if I can trip the top branches. Would this make the bushes be even wider and fuller or kill their enthusiasm to thrive? Thanks for any feedback, Sherry

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Answered on August 28, 2018

There is no real need to prune these, unless there are dead branches or just to control an unruly shrub. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/huckleberries/huckleberry-plant-care.htm

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