Will Loropetalum Tolerate And Survive Heavy Hard Pruning?

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I don't have an answer I have a question. I have about 6 Loropetalum trees, that I have pruned into trees over the years they are about 10 feet tall. This past weekend my husband calls himself trimming the trees Oh my Goodness he topped my trees. They look like big sticks standing in my yard. No branches when I say topped I mean he even cut a couple of feet off of them. will they grow back? That is my question. How bad did he hurt my trees?


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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Michele-Loropetalums accept severe or drastic pruning quite well. Many will rejuvenate large overgrown Fringe Flowers by cutting them back almost to the ground. Your plants should sprout new growth within 8 inches of so of the pruning cut that was made. Whether the new branching will be what you would like again is something you will have to wait and see. Each year after blooming you will need to prune back the new growth in order to promote denser growth in hopes of regaining the plants canopy as you liked it. The heavy pruning that was done may also promote some sucker growth sprouting from the base of the plant. These can be cut off at their base or left to grow into a new shrub if in fact you may want to start over again with a new smaller shrub. Loropetalums are moderate to fast growing so you should see new sprouting start in the spring. Of course the flower buds that had already set for spring are gone so no flowering will occur this year.

Below I have noted a link to an article in Gardenality regarding Loropetalums. Besides other good information on the plant there is information on page three of the article on pruning the Loropetalum. Just click on the link to go directly to the article.

http://www.gardenality.com/Articles/824/Plants/Shrubs/About-Loropetalum/About-Loropetalum.html

Hopefully this has helped.
John)


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Michele Battles

Michele Battles · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Thank you for your help, and hopefully for his sake they will grow back LOL

7 years ago ·
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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
You're very welcome. Hopefully by next Valentines Day he will be out of the dog house.

7 years ago ·
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Answer #2 · Gardenality.com's Answer · As John said, your Loropetalum should sprout new growth this spring from below where the pruning cuts were made. All the roots that were supplying the branches that were removed are still there so you should see quite a bit of new growth this year. That being said, it could take a couple years or so to get the canopies back to the size they were before the hard pruning and it might take some additional pruning of the new branches to reform a dense canopy.)


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Michele Battles

Michele Battles · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Thank you for your answer and I am very glad to hear this answer

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
You're welcome, Michelle :-)

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Answer #3 · Dolly Colwell's Answer · This is not an answer - it is a question!!!! Our Loropetalum which are quite large were heavily damaged by winter freeze - we are in zone 8 - had below freeze over a three week period - rare in our zone. Now in mid-late March, we are seeing tiny signs of new growth and bloom. The plants are extremely leggy. Should we cut back to the ground?)



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