summer pruning?

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Old 05-31-06, 12:25 PM
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summer pruning?

While working on indoor projects this spring, I missed my annual 2-day pruning blitz in March.

Question: can I safely prune trees (oaks, pitch pines, cherry) and bushes (honeysuckle, viburnum, rhododendron) in the summer? If so, early (now) or late (August)?

Climate is southern New England (Zone 6/7), Cape Cod.

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Old 06-01-06, 08:47 AM
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Hi Xiphias,

There's a rule of thumb with pruning flowering shrubs and vines. If it blooms in spring, prune within two weeks of finish of bloom. If it blooms in summer or fall, prune in late winter. Of course there are some exceptions. Shrubs and vines that bloom on old wood set their buds shortly after the finish of bloom.

Your rhodos probably haven't bloomed yet so you can prune just after the finish of bloom. Pinch off the spent buds.
http://www.flounder.ca/FraserSouth/basics/pruning.asp

Best to prune oaks before April 1st or after summer due to oak wilt.
http://www.topnotchtree.com/infosheets/oakpruning.html

I don't know which honeysuckle you have, but most bloom on new wood so pruning now may just result in delayed bloom.

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Cool. Thanks.
 
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You are very welcome!

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Old 06-03-06, 07:41 AM
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Virburnum should be trimmed right after it blooms since the new buds starting growing soon after that. Oak and cherry I would only prune during the winter. Pines shouldn't matter, but its better to do it before the new growth starts to push.
 
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