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If there is a prolonged"January thaw", then the spirea may put out new growth, and it could be seriously set back from that freezing. As well, the longer branches provide a measure of freeze protection to the base of the shrub, so waiting until bud-break or just before to start cutting might be a better idea.

Spirea White – Pruning, Winter Care and Fertilizing Spirea White, includes Bridal Wreath, Snow White, Snowmound, Fairy Queen and Thor Birchleaf. Not Japanese White, see pink spirea. Prune these spring flowering shrubs soon after they have bloomed. Top prune the plant to improve the shape and reduce its size but, be careful not to remove more than 30% of the top.

If you trim these spirea varieties at other times of the year, such as during the winter, the limbs may not be able to recover from the pruning stress.

Spirea Pink – Pruning, Winter Care and Fertilizing. Spirea Pink (summer blooming), includes A. W., Daphne, Dolchica, Goldflame, Goldmound, Limemoumd, Little Princess, Magic Carpet, Neon Flash, Norman, Shirobana and Japanese White. Prune these shrubs in early spring before they leaf out. Remove 50% to 75% of the top of the shrub maintaining a mounded form.

Jun 23, Case 2: Rejuvenation in a season. I have already said several times, the spirea responds very well to pruning, which is why it can withstand a very severe pruning to reactivate its development. Rejuvenation pruning involves cutting back the entire top of the plant to the ground line. Oct 25, Most spirea varieties react well to being pruned during the late winter season.

The removal of weathered flowers, i.e. deadheading, during winters ensures new growth during the spring season. This also encourages repeated blooming in the spirea shrub. Fire blight causes the branches affected by the disease to appear scorched. If the bush is not pruned to remove the unhealthy branches, the entire bush can die.

Removal of dead or dying branches will stop fire blight from spreading to the entire bush. Prune the branch to include at least 12 inches of good branch.