December 1, 2014
I live in Dallas, TX and we have 3 aralias out front. Two of them are about 6 ft. tall and leggy. I would like to prune them back but have been hesitant. This Nov. we have had temps. ranging from 40 -80 degrees. Can I do it now? And do I prune each stem all the way to the ground?
December 5, 2014
There are many, many species of aralia around, although most of them are not used outdoors except in tropical areas. One that is native to North America, and is found in Texas, is A. spinosa, Devil's walking stick. http://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/all/aralia-spinosa/
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If this is the plant you have, it is considered a woody shrub, and you should be able to increase thickness and beauty by cutting all the way back to the soil. This is called rejuvenation pruning. I would recommend doing it gradually over a three year period. This article has more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/shgen/rejuvenation-pruning-tips.htm