Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Late fall is great time to trim smoke bush

Smoke Bushes are very popular with the most popular being the Royal Purple Smoke Bush.   They add a great purple color to any landscape.  The Smoke Bush I planted by my garage annoys my husband to no end.  I told him when I planted it that it would only grow to be about 5 feet.  Well little did I know that every summer it would grow to over 9 feet tall.  So to please him I have to let him get out the loppers once a year for a massive hair cut.  I have found the best time to trim the Smoke Bush is in late fall.  When trimmed in late fall the Smoke Bush will still flower in spring.  Then it grows another 5 feet over the summer and the whole cycle begins again.

Smoke Bush can be cut almost to the ground in late fall.

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