Asked on May 22, 2017

When can you trim back a Confederate Rose tree and a Maple Tree?



Mine are so tall they are starting to mess up the shingles on my roof because they were planted by my mother too close to the house.
7 answers
  • Shoshana
    on May 23, 2017

    Watch for when the leaf buds begin to swell on your rose plants, meaning the bumps on the canes get larger and reddish in color. That's when you should prune.
  • Gloria Perkins
    on May 24, 2017

    In the fall when the sap has gone down....trim 1/4 to 1/3....this is the Maple tree. I don't know about the Rose tree.
  • Nancy Turner
    on May 24, 2017

    If the maple has branches on the roof, they could damage the shingles under windy conditions, make sure those areas are kept trimmed so they can't touch. Talk to an arborist or your local extension office for the time to trim both trees to keep your roof safe. Good luck!
  • Pilgrim
    on May 24, 2017

    Usually you're safe after first freeze. But only cut 1/3 orf plant each year
  • John
    on May 25, 2017

    confederate rose plant is basically a rose of sharon....trim all plants when dormant if possible....always paint the wound to prevent insects from entering....any branch more than a foot close to the house needs to be removed at the trunk
  • Cindy
    on May 26, 2017

    Spring and Fall are the best times to prune anything. Don't prune now until the Fall. Especially the Maple tree. It will "bleed" syrup. and that's not good. Good luck. From: Cindy
  • John
    on May 26, 2017

    best time is after first frost or before buds appear for both plants
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