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Can anyone identify this bush for me. I'd like to trim it back but immediately under the outer layer of leaves the bush is all woody. Would it harm the bush if I trimmed it back and when is the best time to do it?

Can I trim this bush? (19/10/2011)Can I trim this bush? (19/10/2011)

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  • Posted: Wed. 19th October 2011 14:48

Re: Can I trim this bush?

Reply from Ena Green

This is senecio - an evergreen which you can trim but I would wait now til next spring in case we have a very cold winter again

  • Posted: Wed. 19th October 2011 17:00

Re: Can I trim this bush?

Reply from Ray

Thanks. I'll leave it until next spring, but how far back can I trim it?

  • Posted: Thu. 20th October 2011 10:13

Re: Re: Can I trim this bush?

Reply from Ena Green

I cut it right back several times in some summers - never killed one off yet, however if you leave it longer you will get yellow daisy like flowers in summer so its really up to you - also the bits you cut off root easily too if you want to increase your stock

  • Posted: Thu. 20th October 2011 11:28

Re: Can I trim this bush?

Reply from ELAINE HUTSON

The bush is Sennecio greyi, I would not touch it in Fall, but prune it end of Feb early March, fertilize it and it should be fine. If you prune now, you will be looking at nothing but stumps.

  • Posted: Thu. 20th October 2011 17:06

Re: Can I trim this bush?

Reply from Ray

Thanks Ena and Elaine for your help. I will be patient until next spring!

  • Posted: Thu. 20th October 2011 17:44