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Pruning fuchsia tree

Hi there, I have a massive fuchsia tree in my garden (about 9ft high and 9ft wide) that produces thousands of flowers every year. It flowers all through the summer and is still going strong now. It has thick woody stems. I have never touched it and have no idea when to prune it as I have always been unsure what to do and when to do it. Leaving it to its own devices has proved successful so far but any advice would be appreciated and on-line research doesn't seem to cover something as large as this. 
Your advice would be appreciated.


  • LynLyn Posts: 21,345
    You can prune it almost down to the ground in March or April depending where you live, wait and look for tiny new leaf buds. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,221
    edited September 2019
    Welcome to the forums Suzanne Tiernan.

    If it ain't broke don't fix it!
    That sounds like an old magnificent Fuchsia.
    Where do you live?
    Do add a pic to this thread.

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • thanks for your advice. I’ve just been out to take a picture. It’s bigger than I thought about 15ft high and 18/20ft wide. Trying to upload the photo but apparently the file is too big-a bit like the tree!!
  • Suzanne TiernanSuzanne Tiernan Posts: 4
    edited September 2019
    ta-dah! There she is!
  • Very impressive! Makes you wonder how old it is. 
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
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