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Sep 21, Prune severely to revive an old tree in the winter months when the tree is dormant. Prune back one half of the remaining old growth the next winter. Remove the remaining old growth the third winter. Thin and shape the new shoots.



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Keep your old lilac tree healthy and vigorous by pruning away some of the old branches every three to five years. May 26, In pruning your dwarf lilac tree, cut the branches back a bit, ideally only by 1/3 at the most. If you have any overgrown branches, then you may need to control these with more vigorous pruning. One of the things you’ll need to do with a dwarf lilac tree is to shape it.5/5(1). Apr 28, Take an assessment of your lilac. If it's old, overgrown, or unshapely, giving it a rejuvenating pruning will help restore it to a healthier and more attractive state.

This type of pruning goes beyond a lighter annual pruning to severely cut the bush or tree 75%(4). The common purple lilac is a tough, reliable shrub that may reach a height of 15 to 20 feet. Unfortunately, as lilacs mature, the shaded lower portions of the shrubs usually lose their leaves. As a result, large, overgrown specimens are often leggy and unattractive. Old, neglected lilacs can be renewed or rejuvenated by pruning. How to Prune Tree-Type Lilacs.

Lilacs (Syringa spp.) are a large group of trees and shrubs that produce attractive fragrant blooms in early spring. Pruning your lilacs is essential for healthy. Jan 09, Cut back 1/3 of the older lilac canes or branches. The following year cut out the next 1/3 of the oldest branches then the final year cut back the last of the oldest branches.



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Doing this in 1/3’s will let you have blooms and still cut back the old worn out branches fully renovating the lilac. Some say to have only about 10 canes per bush for. Ideally, this is when you would do maintenance pruning each year. But I get so lazy busy, I end up with a ten foot bush with ten blooms on top.

So I have just done a complete rejuvenation on my Old Lilac and I am excited to see what will happen next spring when it is all full of young and new branches.





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