Pruning a Japanese Lilac Tree!!!

Pruning Japanese Lilac Tree- How to Do it!!!

If you have a Japanese Lilac or Scientifically known as Syringa reticulata  trees or shrubs in your property you have the opportunity to give your landscape a beautiful look during the spring time.

This plant is a large ornamental multi-stemmed tree/ shrub that features a vase-shaped crown, spreading branches, oval, dark green leaves, and showy fragrant flowers with a creamy white color.

Japanese lilac trees are perfect for small garden space because they grown only 15 to 25 ft height and 15 ft spread. Japanese lilacs will only require heavy pruning if they are overgrown.

 Unless your Japanese lilac is overgrown, it won’t require heavy pruning. Japanese lilac branches don’t bloom until they are three years of age, so use caution when cutting old wood. Prune the Japanese lilac tree immediately after flowering.

By using the proper pruning techniques , you can help encourage the shape, vigorous growth, flowering, and will make your Japanese lilac tree more resistant to pest and diseases.

Properly Pruning on Japanese Lilac Trees and Shrubs!!!

How to do Pruning: You need to perform pruning on the Japanese lilac as soon as they are spent. This will prevent the lilac tree from creating seeds, and will focus its energy on buds for the next year’s bloom.

If it is time for pruning, make sure you prune your Japanese lilac by hand using a pruning shear, rather than using electric trimmers, because those machines make the top of the tree or shrub flat and thereby sacrifice the attractive rounded shape.

Use a Saw:  Using a saw to perform pruning will help you remove branches on your tree that are dead, damage and diseased to reduce susceptibility to pest and diseases, disinfecting the pruning saw after every cut with a solution of water and some bleach to prevent spreading pathogens.

Improve Air Circulation: By removing branches from the center of the Japanese lilac tree, and cutting them back to the trunk, will help open up the interior of the tree to more light and increase air circulation. Air circulation is particular important for Japanese lilac trees, which are subject to fungal diseases.

Pruning Mature Trees: It is important that you perform a rejuvenation pruning on any mature Japanese lilac that you have in your property,every few years by cutting one third of the large old stems all the way back to the ground area in late winter.

It’s also important that you remove half of the old stems again during late winter and by the 3rd year, remove the remaining old wood, thereby rejuvenating the entire tree or shrub. Lilac branches needs to be 3 years old before they produce blooms, and this method allows you to do a rejuvenation pruning and still enjoy yearly beautiful flowers.

Pruning for Shape and Beauty: During Spring Just after the tree flowers, you can control its height and width by cutting the branches back to about 1 foot below the height you want the tree to be.

When performing the trimming or pruning cut the branch back to 1/4 above the bud or swollen section of the branch, it will encourage additional growth the next year.

if you have trees Japanese lilacs in your landscape property and you don’t know how to perform pruning, trimming or any other tree care calling professionals with the experience will be the best you can do.

Experts will give your trees the maintenance they need through the whole year and will improve their health and beauty making your property landscape more attractive.





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