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Spirea cut backs Spring or Fall?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Aaron Marshall, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. Aaron Marshall

    Aaron Marshall LawnSite Member
    Posts: 136

    I believe them to be golden spirea, should they be cut back to 1/3 thier size in the spring or in the fall? I am in central Wisconsin. Thanks for your imput!
  2. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,213

    In the fall....
  3. loom-gen

    loom-gen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 150

    Cut back before new growth in early spring.
  4. JimmyStew

    JimmyStew LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 367

    doesn't matter.
  5. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,249

  6. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    Correct. March is a good time. Hack it back then.
  7. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,649

    They are very forgiving you cant hurt them. I have them behind a wall beside of my picnis pavallion with metal roof. The snow all slides down on them and stays all winter, im talking maybe 3-4' piled up on them for weeks and they come back.
  8. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 456

    flowering shrubs should be cut back after they've flowered.
  9. grntmbfisher

    grntmbfisher LawnSite Member
    from NH
    Posts: 61

    spireas usually stop flowering mid summer up here and that is when they should be cut back.
  10. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 863

    I have a couple goldflame that I purposely planted were they have to be trimmed (normally I don't do this) but since it is a hardy one, trimming is no prob, sometimes I will give a quick sheer after the first bloom to get a second small bloom, but in the fall when pruning my perennial I'll take about 14" off it! It keeps it from getting all broken from heavy snow and it won't get any bigger than 4' by late summer.

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