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Apr 09, To rejuvenate prune smokebush, randomly cut the branches to just above the next growth node (where new stems grow) to lessen the canopy by about one third. To remove a full limb, cleanly cut at a slight angle about a quarter inch from the branch bushleaning.clubted Reading Time: 4 mins.
In general, this plant is a”specimen” type plant that will need some pruning. Pruning is very important to the overall look of the plant because it grows in a rather erratic pattern.
Only prune in early spring before the plant leafs out. Crossing, badly formed or damaged branches. Nov 08, Cutting it back sharply – not just light pruning but whacking it off about a foot high, a technique known as stooling -- controls its growth and produces lush, deeply colored foliage.
Cut all of the limbs and stems of the smoke tree down to about 2 1/2 inches above the ground in February or March. 2 Repeat this cutting once a year for a smoke tree with abundant colorful foliage. Nov 30, To shape your smoke bush plants into an informal hedge, the North Carolina State Extension recommends pruning the shrubs back hard every. Apr 21, How to grow smoke bush.
The smoke bush needs well-drained, fertile soil and a spot in a border in full sun or partial shade. Mulch annually with well-rotted manure or leaf mould in spring.
It requires little or no pruning. Growing smoke bush: jump links.