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Authors Barb Ryan.

Sep 21, Make any"heading back" or trimming cuts about 1/4 inch above a bud or lateral branch. For best results, prune flowering plum trees after they have bloomed. Buds are developed the previous season. Pruning them in the winter or early spring will remove the buds and, subsequently, the flowers. Apr 02, This may delay flowering for several years but will result in a more manageable shrub. Plants that respond well to rejuvenation include, forsythia, lilac, and spirea.

Here is a good reference with more detail and illustrations about pruning, as well as lists of spring and summer flowering shrubs: Pruning Flowering ShrubsEstimated Reading Time: 3 mins.

Showy double pink flowers along the entire stem of the plant before leaves emerge signify the start of spring. Medium green leaves turn a yellowish-bronze in fall. Beautiful spring accent.

Water regularly as needed. Feed in spring with an all purpose fertilizer prior to new spring growth. Little pruning is necessary. Prune broken or damaged limbs. Flowering Plum Tree Pruning.

Pruning ornamental plum trees (Prunus spp.) encourages new growth, fragrant flowers and healthy fruits. Depending on cultivar and variety, plum trees grown in U.S. What Month Can I Prune a Flowering Plum? The Prunus genus contains flowering cherries, plums and almonds, not to mention the fruit-bearing varieties. Many of the flowering plums (Prunus spp. Sep 26, Pruning Flowering Shrubs. The correct time to prune your flowering shrubs depends on when they flower.

A rough rule of thumb is to prune spring-blooming shrubs soon after they finish flowering because most bloom on old wood, while those that bloom in summer and fall usually bloom on new wood and can be pruned in late winter or very early spring.