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Q.How to prune bottlebrush bushes and bottlebrush patio trees?

Zone Zone 8 | mommagail40 added on April 14, 2012 | Answered

Do you prune back before where the flower bloomed so that you don’t have a bare place on the limb later? Or do you let it sprout on top of the flower and then only prune back an inch or two of new growth?

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Answered on April 16, 2012

Prune off new growth as the flowers are finishing their bloom, taking care not to cut into the established portion of the plant with little foliage. Alternately, prune growth from the previous season during the dormant season prior to new growth in the spring.

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