Late summer trim of Umbrella tree

Old 09-09-01, 09:27 AM
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We have a Weeping Cherry (umbrella tree)growing in a garden area that is above a retaining wall. The tree does not "branch out" of coarse; the leafy branches drop straight down and are now hanging down the retaining wall. Is it safe to trim these "branches" at this time? If so, are there any special methods or precautions. All the text we've read about pruning tells us only to prune after flowering in the spring. Is trimming safe now?
Old 09-09-01, 11:43 AM
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Hi Gerry,

These are your plants. You can prune them anytime you want. However, there are preferred times. In your case, if you prune now, you will probably not have any blooms in the spring. They are setting buds now. Immediately after flowering in the spring, prune them back to the size shape you want. What you read is right. Some people sacrifice a year of blooms to get shrubs/plants under control. It doesn't sound like you should/need to do that.


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