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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, always cut to the base of the treemulching.buzzted Reading Time: 2 mins. Apr 25, If you’re more interested in keeping your smoke bush shorter so you can appreciate its colorful foliage close up, then you should cut the stems back in winter.

You can leave just 6 to 8 inches of the stubby branches emerging from the ground.

This is classified as hard pruning or renovation pruning and can be done every year if you treemulching.buzzted Reading Time: 1 min. Aug 01, Trim the limb at an angle about a half inch above the bud site and the plant will start new growth from that bud.

If you cut the longer center limbs and leave the lower branches, you can get a flourish of purple leaves and still get the smoky treemulching.buzzted Reading Time: 4 mins. 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 Missing: Reading MA. 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 treemulching.buzzted Reading Time: 5 mins. When you grow smoke bush as a shrub, cut it back to 1 foot above the ground to encourage its multitrunk habit Hand pruners are for branches less than 1/2 inch in diameter.

Loppers are suitable for Missing: Reading MA. Jun 2, - Smoke trees tend to have a rangy, splayed growth habit. Pruning smoke trees annually will help make the plant more compact and strengthen the limbs.

I don't particularly care for the blooms and I'd rather have a nicely shaped plant with attractive foliage, so I pay no attention to this, but just so you know.

Click here to Missing: Reading MA. Some people cut their purple-leaved smokebushes (Cotinus coggyria) back hard every year to maximize the foliage interest. I have a plant that's never been cut back that is attaining small tree form. Speaking of smoke trees, the American native Cotinus obovatus makes a small to medium-sized tree with {gwi} treemulching.buzzg: Reading MA.