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Q.Need More Leaves on Base of Cherry Laurel Hedge

Anonymous added on May 14, 2014 | Answered

Have cherry laurel hedge that was planted 1 yr ago. It is growing but is very leggy, as virtually no leaves (or small branches) at base. It is 4.5 feet tall on average. Should I prune/cut the almost ready to bloom flowers and take it down to encourage lower growth?

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Answered on November 30, -0001

If you don't mind losing this season's blooms, then yes, you can go ahead and prune the shrub back, but don't take off more than a third of its overall growth. Otherwise, you can wait for the flowering to finish and prune back afterward.

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