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Branches on Hyrangea - leave or prune?

June 15, 2018

Our new home has a garden full of goodies, though a bit neglected. I'm wondering about the branches on this guy. Can they be cut back or do I need to leave them? They stick out all over and is a bit unruly but if they need to stay that's ok.

Comments (3)

  • luis_pr

    I would cut all the ones that dried out by mid-to-late May... if they have not leafed out by then.

    If completely dead then cut the stem all the way down.

  • gardengal48 (PNW Z8/9)

    Since it is now midJune, feel free to cut them back now :-)

    FWIW, bigleaf hydrangeas leaf out pretty early here, so dead wood is pretty obvious early on...I had buds on mine as early as February. I remove any dead wood before the shrub leafs out fully, as it is much easier to see and get to without damaging the new growth.

  • cefandl

    Thank you!

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