When to prune: A general rule is that the dormant season is the best time of year to prune. Growth is maximized and defects are easier to see on deciduous trees if live-branch pruning is done in the winter or before growth resumes in early spring. Dormant season pruning also minimizes risk of pest problems associated with wound entry.
Spring blooms: prune after bloom.
Summer bloom: prune before leaf emergence in spring or after bloom.
Pruning makes some trees susceptible to fireblight.
|Last Year’s Growth||Current Year’s Growth|
|Dogwood||Bougainvillea flame tree|
|Azalea||Golden rain tree|