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Posted By: kressh76


I am not sure what type of plant/tree is in the first picture (tall tree), any ideas? Also, how and when to prune? The second picture is a rose bush (not sure what kind), need suggestions on how and when to prune. There is another bush behind the rose bush (it is hard to tell), not sure what it is. I can get better pics if needed.

Thanks, Curt


  1. Southern Garden Coach Master Identifier says:

    First picture is a Wax Ligustrum treated as a tree-form. Just keep the little sprouts off the bottom and it will do just fine. You can shear these plants to make them look tighter, but I’ll warn ya, the more you whack on it, the more you’ll have to continue whacking on it. My advice is to let it do what it naturally does, and save yourself a lot of hassle.

    The rose can be cut back mercilessly right now. The late Raiford Broome of Hastings Nursery and Walker Nursery fame used to tell folks to cut back their roses (he was referring to hybrid tea roses, usually) on March 10 at 10:00! He would get a chuckle at their reaction, but his point was to get them to remember to actually do it each year. It’s hard to tell from the photo, it looks like a big green blob, but this is probably a rambler that needs to be brought down to a stump and allowed to start over.

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:58 am

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