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Q.Zone 5. Purple Leaf Sand Cherry. Is It OK To Do A Major Pruning On July 15?

Zone Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | Anonymous added on July 15, 2022 | Answered

I have an 8 year old cherry that got 6 years rabbits chewed it to within 12 of the ground during the winter. This past winter I fenced it off so the rabbits went elsewhere. Now most of the limbs/branches are about 4 feet long but only have leafs on the top 12 inches. I believe I should cut them back to stem these are growing from. When is the question. Now? In the fall? Or early spring?⁹

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Answered on July 26, 2022

It wouldn't hurt to prune out a few of the scraggliest ones now, but save any major pruning for late winter. This article should help:


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