Pruning in Early to Mid-Summer (May-July)

Plants that bloom on old wood (last year’s growth) are pruned after flowering so as not to remove flower buds with a winter pruning. Hedges also require additional shaping in early summer, and fruits need a little training.

Deciduous Shrubs

  • Bigleaf (macrophylla) and oakleaf hydrangeas bloom on old wood. Prune after plants finish blooming. Oakleaf hydrangeas seldom require pruning.
  • Wisteria: cut back long shoots after flowers fade.


  • Formal hedges may need shaping after the spring flush of growth. Clip abelia, arborvitae, boxwood, euonymus, holly, juniper, and privet as needed.


  • Blueberry: Prune for size as needed after harvest.
  • Blackberry: Trim first-year shoots to chest height mid-summer to encourage branching.
  • Grape: Remove flowers first two seasons as vines establish. Continue to train vine to trellis or arbor.

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