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Cutting back Spirea

MeomyeMeomye Posts: 849
My Spirea (not sure which type but it's pink) is just waking up from winter but a lot of the foliage seems to be just on the tips of the bush (not a lot going on further down branch) can I trim it down to make it bushier and more 'leafy' or is this the wrong time? T.i.a


  • HelixHelix Posts: 631
    Ther are spring flowering and autumn flowering spiraeas, and generally you prune after flowering. I think the pink one is autumn flowering?   And to reinvigorate a spirea completely take out to the ground some of the oldest shoots, and then trim back the reat.
  • MeomyeMeomye Posts: 849
    @Helix, now you mention it I think it is Autumn flowering. I will take out old dead wood out but do you have any idea how far down I should trim back? for example back to a young pair of leaves?  thank you
  • LadyG2LadyG2 Posts: 29
    edited May 2019
    Cut it back hard after flowering, you can be quite tough with them , they will come back.
    I have a spirea Bridal Wreath too which was buried under rubble for 8 months... it survived and has flowered beautifully this year.

    They transplant easily. You will probably find several new plants that have rooted from it.

  • MeomyeMeomye Posts: 849
    Having said that I thought it was Autumn flowering, I have just had a look and it looks like it is budding already! I did move it in the Autumn and it seems quite happy. 
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