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mandyroberts99mandyroberts99 BedfordshirePosts: 121
Can anyone tell what shrub this is? I pruned almost back to the wood about two years ago and got loads of yellow flowers. I did the same last year and got no flowers. How /when should I prune?

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  • mandyroberts99mandyroberts99 BedfordshirePosts: 121
    Can anyone tell what shrub this is? I pruned almost back to the wood about two years ago and got loads of yellow flowers. I did the same last year and got no flowers. How /when should I prune?
    Sorry - forgot pic and now can't find it!
  • mandyroberts99mandyroberts99 BedfordshirePosts: 121
    Found it!
  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 1,770
    Have you got any closer pictures of the leaves ? it favour a Santolina Chamaecyparissus . I don't grow it but I believe its trimmed after its finished flowering. 
  • mandyroberts99mandyroberts99 BedfordshirePosts: 121
    Perki said:
    Have you got any closer pictures of the leaves ? it favour a Santolina Chamaecyparissus . I don't grow it but I believe its trimmed after its finished flowering. 
    I'll get a better picture of the leaves but looking at pictures on Google I think you are right
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 2,510
    I agree on Santolina (particularly if the leaves have a distinct smell when you touch/crush them).  I prune mine quite hard every year as soon as the flowers turn brown, so it grows a neat mound of fresh foliage before winter comes, and flowers again the following summer.
  • mandyroberts99mandyroberts99 BedfordshirePosts: 121
    JennyJ said:
    I agree on Santolina (particularly if the leaves have a distinct smell when you touch/crush them).  I prune mine quite hard every year as soon as the flowers turn brown, so it grows a neat mound of fresh foliage before winter comes, and flowers again the following summer.
    The smell is very distinctive. Do  you think I should wait till spring to cut it back?
  • Ditto above. I have an old plant which I prune hard each year when the flowers have finished. It looks a bit sorry for itself for a few weeks but soon new growth start which is unaffected by winter weather. If you prune your plant in the Spring you will remove the flowering growth.
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