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By Cazoo1

Worcestershire, United Kingdom Gb

Good Morning...I hope my photo's show you the problem I have with our Ceanothus. Can you see that the left side has been killed by the bad frosts from 2 years back. But the right side is florishing and in flower. Can you also see that the tree is sending out new growth from half way down,so my problem question is. Can I safely prune tree down to new growth level and hopefully get a better shape....if so when?? I am sure you will have a solution you have not failed me yet. Thanks

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The time to do that is immediately after it has flowered, assuming it flowers late spring, or just early May if you don't want to wait that long. Angle the cuts on the trunks so allow rain to run off, give a topdressing of nitrogenous fertiliser afterwards, something like Growmore will be fine, and a good water if it needs it.

1 Apr, 2012


I think that it has had its day. I would cut the whole shrub down and dig it out and perhaps start again. Ceanothus are not noted for longevity or perhaps try something different.

1 Apr, 2012


Well its obviously not that young for a Ceanothus, Jimmy, but I'd give it a chance by cutting right back (both sides) to where new growth is lower down and see what happens.

1 Apr, 2012


I think I am with you on this Bamboo I am always willing to give them another chance. But I do appreciate your opinions.

1 Apr, 2012


Mine had a similar problem last year and I cut the whole of the dead side off. It is slowly regenerating even though it must be getting on for 20 years old. It looks rather like an overgrown bonsai but its full of flower buds. Worth a try but yours does look as though it might be approaching the end!
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1 Apr, 2012

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