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spring flowering spirea, ok to trim now????

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by mattfromNY, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Central NY
    Messages: 1,582

    Last year I passed on trimming some spring flowering Spirea on a customers property b/c we did a late cleanup. This year we are much earlier, and customer never cut them back in the fall, they look like he!!, and need to be trimmed. Normally I would have cut them back in the fall, but customer did their own clean up. Can I cut them back now and still see some flowers this year????
    Thanks in advance.
  2. Rcgm

    Rcgm LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 326

    I would say the chance of flowers is slim if you are going to really whack it back. But spireas are a strange bush I have trimmed some spring flowering spireas back real far after they flowered and I think I shocked them and they flowered again. What kind of spirea is it. Gold flame,Neon Flash ?

  3. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    You can cut spirea now. In your area, I assume they have not or are barely leafing out- don't get TOO aggressive but you can chop a bunch. I find they're bulletproof.

    I chopped a lot last year (neatly!) in late March/early April and they bloomed like never before.
  4. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Central NY
    Messages: 1,582

    Thanks for the replies. Last year I was ok trimming back (not hacking, just shaping and cutting back a bit), some summer flowering. They bloomed really nice and this year they are 1.5 times the size they were before we cut them! I just wasnt sure on the spring flowering varieties.
    I'm not sure what the variety is, they are very popular around here, I've never learned the differences among them. Is there a sure-fire way to tell if they are spring or summer blooming this time of year when they are dormant, and any way other than the blooms to tell the variety?? Thanks again for any help.
  5. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    Spireas flower on new wood. I prune anthony waterer, goldflame, neon flash etc. right to the ground in some cases, to keep a small compact bush. They flower just nicely. you cna prune them now.

    FYI - I also prune them after they flower and get at least 1 more nice flower display from them.
  6. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    Bridal Wreath, the early spring white spirea is an old wood bloomer. They also bloom all along the long twigs that they have. I would not worry about pruning them back, but thehy will look stiffer when they flower compared to how they usually look.

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