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How to Prune a Flowering Almond Bush

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Overview

Flowering shrubs fill landscape space with lush greenery and showy blossoms. Flowering shrubs do not require extensive maintenance to keep them attractive and healthy in a landscape. Among the extensive selection of flowering shrubs, consider the flowering almond bush (Prunus glandulosa) as a striking addition to any sunny growing spot. With its delicate pink blossoms and plentiful foliage, the flowering almond bush will put on a delightful show of blooms in early spring. Prune a flowering almond bush after the blossoms fade to keep it healthy.

Step 1

Spread the tarp beneath the flowering almond bush after the spring blossoms fade and die back on the shrub to catch the stems and foliage you prune.

Step 2

Check the flowering almond shrub for dead or unhealthy branches, and remove this growth back to the crown of the shrub with the pruning shears. Remove as much as one-third of the entire shrub to renew it and give it more energy to grow.

Step 3

Thin the interior of the shrub if you find stems and branches that cross or rub on each other. Cut these branches off where they intersect with a larger branch to open up the interior of the bush and increase ventilation and sun exposure.

Step 4

Shape the overall shrub by cutting back the outer perimeter of the shrub in both height and width. Use the pruning shears to cut back the stems to a leaf node or to the point where they connect with another branch or stem. Remove up to one-third of the entire length of the stems as you prune.

Step 5

Pull up the tarp carefully and discard the foliage you removed in the garbage bag.

Tips and Warnings

  • Because the flowering almond bush blooms on 1-year-old stems, you must wait to prune until after it blossoms in the spring. If you prune before the shrub blossoms, you will remove the blossoms and the shrub will not bloom.

Things You'll Need

  • Tarp
  • Pruning shears
  • Garbage bag

References

  • Washington State University Extension: Pruning Deciduous Shrubs
  • NC State University: Plant Fact Sheets
Keywords: flowering almond bush, Prunus glandulosa, flowering shrubs

About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.

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