Location of node on a shrub

wexgardenerAugust 8, 2014

Where on a branch of a shrub is the node located I've been told to cut down to that point to encourage growth on branch I need to prune to remove diseased tip. Is It located where the branch meets the stem? Should I make the cut above any swellings where the two meet ? Will the new branch grow in the same direction or in lateral directions?
The shrub is a Guelder Rose?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
brandon7 TN_zone(7)

A node is where a bud occurs. Leaf nodes, for instance, are where leaves grow from the branch. Nodes frequently contain dormant buds, which may be activated when pruning occurs.

If you prune just above a leaf node, a new shoot will often develop from the node. It will usually grow out from the direction or directions that the leaf or leaves were growing. Shoots will usually start out rather laterally, but in many cases (and a lot depends on the type of plant) will eventually grow out in the same general direction as the original branch (new leaders growing up and/or out).

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 8:40PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i would cut back to a healthy branch ... choosing one favoring the direction i favored ..

if you do not have such.. then you go back next year.. and reduce to one favoring the direction you wish to train the plant .. depending on how the plant reacts ... there really isnt a predictability factor here ... e.g. .. on roses.. you always want an outward facing bud to trigger active growth .. so as to maximize sunlight and air movement to the center of the plant ... which is not always what you want on a shrub ....

you seem to think.. on some level.. this is a once and done system ... it is not ... its a training system ...

but.. it it is a lot easier on followup ... if you do it.. while things are much smaller .. rather than the first cutting on an overgrown plant...

do keep in mind ... making multiple cuts avoids scarring ... remove 90% of the hanging weight.. then do your surgical cut ...

finally ... you can always take more off next season ... but you cant staple or glue them back on ... so dont get carried away .. initially ,.

pix will get you more specific info ...

ken

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 7:38AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

It was me that talked about nodes. I also wrote, "Make a pruning cut at a node i.e. where a bud, leaf or stalk joins a stem," which pretty much tells where and what a node is. If you go to this link all is explained in a diagram. It shows a rose bush but the correct place for a pruning cut is the same on any shrub.

Here is a link that might be useful:

This post was edited by floral_uk on Sat, Aug 9, 14 at 10:22

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 10:21AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Awesome graphic, Floral!

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 10:28PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Not mine - I just Googled it up. But it is very clear.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 3:48PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
wexgardener

The problem is that on my guelder rose the branch node goes back down to the very bottom of the shrub I think it's actually part of one of the stems so should I prune all the way down to the ground or just to an Internode to control the leaf spot I have

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 3:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
wexgardener

In one case it is the large main stem on the right that has the diseased section at th top should I cut it just above the node of where the two meet or at an internode

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 3:25PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
wexgardener

In this case there is adjoins branches should I cut at internode

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 3:26PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

It's a Viburnam.
Prune away, you can't hurt it no matter where you prune.
I might open it up a bit and prune out or shorten the affected tips.
Mike

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 11:04AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Evergreen Privacy Shrub Hedge
I want to plant an evergreen shrub hedge as a privacy...
clivebengal
Suggestion for a 3x3 shrub needed
Hello. I'm looking for some options for a part to mostly...
zaphod42 SE WI
My new-old shrub woes
I moved into this house a year ago and am now starting...
nonconformist_nymphette
Name of this shrub?
I took this cutting from my Aunt's yard and don't remember...
jmagor
Blackthorn Bushes
Hello Y'all, I have ordered 4 Blackthorn Bushes (Prunus...
Caviler
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™