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Old 05-23-2010, 01:07 PM
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I have a huge frakin bush that needs serious trimming.
It's about 11 feet high and 8 feet across.
I thing it's a Box Elder.
Now that summer is almost here and it's growing season, can I trim it down halfway?
If I trim more than about 6 inches, all the green will be gone.

Also, can I do Azaleas the same?
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Old 05-23-2010, 01:14 PM
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I cut my Azaleas halfway back as soon as the last flowers die off.
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I am in favor of it. I prefer them that way.
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Old 05-23-2010, 02:42 PM
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If I cut them halfway, they will be basically larger stumps....

Is that alright? Will they grow new smaller branches with leaves this year?
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Originally Posted by jrolin1 View Post
I am in favor of it. I prefer them that way.

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If I cut them halfway, they will be basically larger stumps....

Is that alright? Will they grow new smaller branches with leaves this year?
It will be a couple years.
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Old 05-23-2010, 03:57 PM
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Box elder is a member of the maple family that gives up those whirly seeds in the fall.

Not really a bush but a tree. I have them up to 30' tall with trunks 12" in diameter.

One strange thing is when you cut them down the very center of the trunk is blood red.
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Sometimes, when trees and shrubs go too long without pruning, they get out of control and just need to be removed and replaced with smaller ones. It sounds to me like that's the situation you've got.
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When I first read the title of this thread, I thought for a second that I was in the Sand Bar.
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General rule of thumb, is to cut no more than 1/3 of the overall height. But hey, what the hell, it is just a bush.
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I cut my Azaleas halfway back as soon as the last flowers die off.

HERESY- according to the Mobile faithful. one is never to cut azaleas!!
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I prefer neatly trimmed/welll manicured to a full pruning.
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We're still talking shrubbery here right?
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Originally Posted by DFreedom View Post
We're still talking shrubbery here right?
If that's want you want to call it.


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Originally Posted by Mr. Demeanor View Post
I prefer neatly trimmed/welll manicured to a full pruning.

This thread is useless without pictures.
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Originally Posted by DFreedom View Post
We're still talking shrubbery here right?
Not since about 1977
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Originally Posted by DFreedom View Post
We're still talking shrubbery here right?
We were talking about shrubbery?
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Elder boxes seldom are trimmed.............
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I'm an 80's guy so I don't mind over grown yews
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:55 AM
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I'll get a pic of it when I get home.
Maybe it's a Yew.
I dunn'o, except it's huge and I hate it.
I threatened to hook a chain to the back of the 7.3 and drag it down the street.
I wonder if she would notice it missing?
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