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Q.Can I cut down a buddlia

Zone Rm15 5ph | janh2778 added on August 3, 2018 | Answered

Got a bargain buddlia, but it is tall and no lowerleaves, can I cut it down

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Answered on August 4, 2018

When a shrub is struggling to get established in mid-summer weather, it isn't a good time to prune. Butterfly bush often loses some of its lower leaves as they get shaded out. Pruning signals "time to grow more branches". Right now, the most important task is to get those roots settled. It can be cut back to 8 inches or so in late fall, after leaf drop when it is dormant.

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