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Too late to cut back cornus Alba aurea?

Andy LeedsAndy Leeds Posts: 518


Just received this today and was expecting it would be just a stump - should I still cut this all back (and to where on the photo)? Or is it fine to leave.

I thought for best red stem colour it should be cut back to the ground - seems a third or so is more yellow in colour.

I'm sure the plant will be fine to put in the ground, just won't maybe be quite as red next winter as it could have been?



  • Andy LeedsAndy Leeds Posts: 518

    Yep some buds already so maybe should leave it.  Re: the bigger pot, yes it definitely will need one - I was planning on putting into the ground this week, or still too early for this?  Should I pot it on for a while yet?


  • Andy LeedsAndy Leeds Posts: 518

    Thanks for your thoughts both.  Verdun, if i were to prune, is it every stem back to the main one?  Or is it also the main stem back to just above the 2 small ones going off to te left on the picture?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,308

    yes, stick it it the ground and cut it right backimage

    Maybe in the reverse orderimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Andy LeedsAndy Leeds Posts: 518

    That's awesome Edd - if only I had the space for something like that!

    Maybe I'll post my savagery in a day or two just to double check I've done it ok (still a nervous newbie here.....).

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,649

    I haven't pruned any of my cornus yet as we've been having a long run of frosts until this morning and I don't like to do major pruning when the wounds can get frozen.    They should get done by Easter Monday with any luck and I shall use som eof the stems to try and strike cuttings.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Andy LeedsAndy Leeds Posts: 518

    I just watched the video of Joe Swift taking cuttings - think I'll give that a go myself.

    In that video he cut the cornus down to about 4-5cm, which would leave me a single stump if I followed suit - is that ok?

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