How To Prune A Bridal Wreath Spirea

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Thanks for the info on Helleri holly pruning yesterday. Now I have another question.....

I have a spiraea noted above and it had been neglected since planting by my landscape people about 3 1/2 years ago. I have hacked on it a few times and my yard people who are supposed to do pruning have proven to know less than I do and they are dangerous.

It is not a large plant has struggled a bit to get established but it is now a tangled mess. Lots of small cross over stuff and not very full of leafs. It did bloom some this spring and they are gone. I have looked up pruning instructions but they seem to be for plants that have been pruned/trained in a more orderly fashion.

There are 6 or 8 "major" limbs coming up from the ground. "Major" meaning 1/2 to 5/8 inches in diameter. Although nothing I have read would advise this I am tempted to cut it back to a foot or so above ground so it can start over. Probably bad choice so help me with a better one, please.

Thanks in advance.

Ed


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Answer #1 · Brooks Wilson's Answer · Hi Ed,

You are not wrong with your idea to cut the Spirea way back. Spirea recover very quickly from heavy pruning. I as well let a Bridal Wreath Spirea get overgrown. It got to at least 6 feet in height and 6 feet in width and was overtaking the area where I had it planted. I cut it back to about 2 feet in height about two years ago and now it's almost back to it's previous size. You can actually cut the plant back to as low as 6 inches in height if you so choose and the plant will recover nicely. It's really up to you.

The good thing about heavy pruning a Spirea is that once pruned you can then keep better control of the size and shape of the plant. I've been doing some minor pruning to control the shape of my Spirea. This involves pruning out any dead wood and branches that shoot out farther than are desired. When pruning the longer branches I simply cut them back to just above the ground or at least to below the outer branch tips of the branches that I don't prune. This will maintain a natural look.

Hope this helps you!

Brooks Wilson)



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Answer #2 · Brent Wilson's Answer · Ditto what Brooks said. I've pruned spiraeas back to just above the ground and they've come back fine. I also have a service that maintains the lawn...and only the lawn. They are not allowed to prune anything or spray herbicides in any of the garden beds. Most lawn services are lacking in plant knowledge. It's best to just have then stick to mowing, edging and blowing and leave the pruning to yourself or a certified arborist. You did the right thing by seeking advice when unsure about his to prune a specific plant.

Let us know if you have any other questions.

Brent)



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