Pruning Lilac

Hi all, hope you can help, a friend of mine has a Lilac in the back garden which has gotten a little out of control, would it be ok to remove a few limbs now? and tame it a little or would I really have to wait untill late Summer?

Many thanks

Mark

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  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    That depends-if you prune it now that will probably mean losing next years flowers-they are best pruned after flowering around May or so.

    So the choice is- do you lose a years flower and tame it now?

    Whatever you do they are the toughest of plants and respond well to pruning

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,052

    If you remove some large limbs to base you may be Ok but if you shorten branches all round it will be as Ernie says.

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  • Thanks Guys much appreciated image

  • Lilacs flower beautifully after being pruned, the trick is not to let them get too woody

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