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I cut them clear to the ground and forgot about them and they grew.

Jun 27, Smoke tree pruning for a bush is much less laborious. You may allow the extra branches and simply prune limbs to manage shape. The natural splayed nature of growth can be amended by cutting the plant almost to the ground in late winter. This will force new growth and tighten the overall look of the bush. When you remove any of the main trunks Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins. Apr 25, Smoke bush (Cotinus spp. and cvs., Zones 4–9) has amazing foliage that comes in an array of colors and beautiful, plumelike trait you care more about will determine how you prune this shrub.

Steve Aitken, a former editor at Fine Gardening, and Joann Vieira of Tower Hill Botanic Garden show how to prune Cotinus, more commonly known as Estimated Reading Time: 1 min. Nov 30, How to Prune a Smoke Bush. Smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria) is one of those plants that can grow either as a tree or shrub. If you want to grow it as a smoke bush rather than a smoke tree, yearly.

Aug 01, I have a young smoke tree and pruned it back this winter. Everything in my yard is starting to sprout and my smoke tree looks like a dead 5’ tall stick. I hope I didn’t kill it and it’s just a “late bloomer!” I live in Northern CA Bay Area so climate is mild here. Fingers crossed and hoping for some new growth! Any advice stumpgrind.buzzted Reading Time: 4 mins. Sep 09, I have some way overgrown burning bushes and saw your video on cutting them back.

It’s the second week in April and warming up here in Carol Stream, west of chicago. Is it too late already to cut them back like in your video? They are about 8 – 10 feet high. A drastic pruning down to a few feet would leave only wood. Like your site.

Bob stumpgrind.buzzted Reading Time: 1 min. Mar 26, With the plant still dormant in the chilly late-winter weather, John gave our new smoke-tree-to-bush pruning method a try. He started by trimming off the numerous small upper branches with long-handled loppers. As he worked his way down the tree, he switched to a bow saw to cut through the thicker branches. Your smoke bush/tree can be moved - you can hack 3/4 of the roots off and move it in early spring and just keep it well-watered until it settles in.

Then start to shape it the way you want. I have about 20 of them, different varieties, some shaped as trees, some coppiced, some left alone, some trimmed slightly. Nov 16, However, the purple-leaved varieties of smoke tree are often cut to the ground in late winter before new growth resumes.

This type of pruning produces a flush of new, more vibrantly colored growth.