“Stooling” or cutting back shrubs and trees

Normally, this time of year is a good time for performing rejuvenation pruning on shrubs that have overgrown. However, with our warm winter, it’s also time to start “stooling” shrubs and trees. What is “stooling”? It’s cutting back plants such as Paulownia so that the plant puts its effort into huge leaves without making a big tree. Or it’s increasing the intense purple color of Smokebush (Cotinus coggygria). Or, it maintains the bright, intense color of red and yellow twig dogwoods, as well as certain willows.

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