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  • @Dovefromabove, thanks for the warning not to trim prunus in winter.  Would it be all right to prune it the moment its leaves drop in autumn?
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,889
    The usual advice from RHS etc is to prune them when the sap is rising so that it seals the cuts against infection from Silverleaf spores landing on them … ie prune from late spring to midsummer.

     I never prune any prunus after the end of June. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • thevictorianthevictorian Posts: 1,255
    I agree with dove. Summer pruning won't premote the same boom in growth which is why I would do it over a few years so not to leave it bald. If you cut back a stem it will make it more bushy eventually but like mentioned above, these are trees and you will always be fighting it's instinct to reach for the sky. 
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