What time of year can you cut back a bottle brush tree?

AdvizoJune 24, 2011

What time of year can you cut back a bottle brush tree?

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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

We don't know for sure what species you have or where you live. I'm also wondering if you are talking about some corrective pruning or rejuvenating pruning (cutting at ground level in the expectation of vigorous regrowth). But, for general pruning...

1. Just about any time you have your pruners handy.
2. Major pruning in late summer/early fall may result in winter damage to tender new growth.
3. Pruning prior to flowering may result in less visual appeal for that year.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2011 at 11:12PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

as to number three .. stated another way ...

if you want to enjoy the flower show.. prune immediately after bloom ... if you dont care.. whenever ...

now.. we need an ID.. isnt there a shrub under that name.. and a chestnut/buckeye tree ... that is the failure of common names ...

in defining that.. we can give better instructions

ken

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 10:51AM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

I assumed the OP was talking about some type of Callistemon species, but maybe there are also other possibilities.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 7:38PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

I was thinking Aesculus parviflora, like Ken. Need an ID.

tj

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 10:08PM
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mrtulin

Mildly off topic....giggling: I just finished reading about and looking at wonderful photos of "bottle trees" from all around the world. (NE Forum) For a moment I thought the question was about cutting back a "Bottle Tree".

Over an hour on Gardenweb makes me goofy.
Idabean

    Bookmark   July 2, 2011 at 10:20PM
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