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You can prune it anytime to remove damaged branches, but spring.

Nov 30, To shape your smoke bush plants into an informal hedge, the North Carolina State Extension recommends pruning the shrubs back hard every two to three years – within 6 to 8 inches of the ground. Smoke Bushes are very popular with the most popular being the Royal Purple Smoke Bush.

The burgundy-bronze plumes change to brilliant red and orange during the colder months and is similar to Grace in size.

So to please him I have to let him get out the loppers once a year for a massive hair cut. I have found the best time to trim the Smoke Bush is in late fall. When trimmed in late fall the Smoke Bush will still flower in spring.

Cut back upper growth to within two to three buds of the base every two to three years after blooming for fresh flowering branches -- smoke bush blooms on Feb 28, Smoke bush is an easy plant to grow and doesn't require much in the way of maintenance, pruning included (consider it optional).

If you do decide to give yours a good pruning (it's best to do so in the spring) to control their size and shape, rest assured that it will bounce right back- but you won't see its smoke-inspired blooms until the following stumpcutter.buzzted Reading Time: 3 mins.