Get your shrub off to a good start.
Timing is the key to pruning deciduous shrub. For lush growth, spring flowering shrubs require trimming as soon as the blooms fade. Do not leave a stud; make the cut as cleanly as possible against the remaining branch, on younger shrubs, prune branches back to non-flowering shoots or back to healthy buds pointing in the direction you want the shrub to grow.
34 rowsOver time, the shrub becomes woody with lots of dead branches and few flowers. Apr 02, Summer blooming shrubs such as summerweet (Clethra alnifolia) and blue mist spirea (Caryopteris x clandonensis) are pruned in late winter/early spring because their flower buds form on new wood produced during the current season.
Spring flowering shrubs (those that bloom before mid-June) should be pruned after shrubdrop.clubted Reading Time: 3 mins. Rule Number Two: Prune Spring Flowering Shrubs After Flowering.
Plants that bloom in early. Pruning immediately after flowering allows gardeners to enjoy the spring flower display and provides adequate time for the shrubs to initiate new flower buds for next season. Summer-flowering shrubs, such as potentilla and Japanese spirea, bloom in summer on the current year's growth.
Prune summer-flowering shrubs in late winter or early spring.