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I planted a spindle tree two years ago and sadly, it has failed to thrive. it produces a few leaves every spring but no flowers and so obviously no colourful seeds or pods. I love them too and it has been a real disappointment. perhaps it needs a prune? when would be the best time to prune it and how hard should I go? sherrie x


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    Sherrie, have patience. Your tree is young yet. If it was seven or so I would be more worried. Is it small enough to move? It likes a south or west facing aspect with protection behind in my garden. Why not prune it by a third and move it when all the leaves have fallen?
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