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can I prune cornus now already?

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NotAnEMERGENCY Tue 02-Jan-18 13:24:01

We have recently moved to a new house - with a new garden. Part of the fence has blown over in the strong winds and needs to be replaced.

There are three tall (2.5m) Cornus alba (possibly Sibirica) encroaching on the fence and it would be good if these could be pruned before the fence is done. Would there be negative consequences if I pruned them back hard now already? (RHS suggests Feb/March for pruning.)

Have I understood correctly that I should just cut all the stems down to 5-7cm from the ground?

Doctordonowt Tue 02-Jan-18 14:54:37

You can prune them now. If they are encroaching on the fence, I would prune them and then dig them up divide them. Plant them a little further away from the fence. Cornus are easy plants to move, I stick my pruningS In the ground and get lots of new plants that way.

NotAnEMERGENCY Wed 03-Jan-18 10:12:52

Thanks, Doctor!

NotAnEMERGENCY Wed 14-Feb-18 10:55:01

The cornus stems were thicker than I realised. It now looks like this. Have I cut too much off? Not enough?

TBH, I'll probably get rid of the whole thing anyway but if I left it like this, would it really recover and grow normally again?

PostNotInHaste Wed 14-Feb-18 11:05:01

I think what would probably happen is new growth from the roots. I did mine in 2 stages, half then the rest out . The original looks like yours but I now have some new tall red stems that grew last year. Hopefully someone who knows for sure will be along.

Doctordonowt Wed 14-Feb-18 18:40:08

Yes it will recover. You now have a good chance to shape it how you want it. You did the right thing cutting it back like that.

NotAnEMERGENCY Fri 16-Feb-18 17:00:25

Great - I'll see how it goes...

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