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Help to care for this beautiful bush


We purchased this beautiful bush years ago. It is now huge and we wish to cut it down due to the lack of space. It produces some lovely flowers well appreciated by the bees.

We are concerned that we could damage it. The inside of the bush is very woody so once cute we will find ourselves with a leave less tree.

My questions are:
if pruned heavily will this type of bush recover?
when shall we prune it?
what kind of bush is it?

Thanks in advance for your help 


  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,710
    edited October 2020
    That looks like a huge ceanothus...common name Californian Lilac.
    Looking at the leaves possibly Ceanothus  concha..alternate, small, evergreen.
    Should normally bloom in spring.

    I will leave pruning advice to those with more knowledge than me.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Thanks for your input we do want to destroy it!
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,314
    Once they have got to that size, they are difficult to manage.
    If you prune into old wood, they are unlikely to re-grow.
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
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