Burning Bush Plants
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Pruning a Burning Bush

Zone Chicago 677 | mark.mccauley1 added on March 18, 2018 | Answered

I read your info regarding pruning a burning bush. We have more of a burning tree; the trunk is 6-8 inches wide at the base and splits into three branches, each 2-4 inches wide. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!

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MichiganDot
Answered on March 18, 2018

Are you saying the bush is overgrown and you want to rejuvenate it? If so, you can cut the entire bush to 6 inches above the ground in early spring and it will grow back. If that seems too drastic, remove 1/3 of the oldest, thickest branches as low as you can. Trim tall branches to a lateral to control overall size. Do this for 3 years and you have a younger, more easily managed shrub.

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