Cutting Back Dwarf Spruce: How To Prune Dwarf Spruce Trees

by Peter on October 27, 2020

The best time to cut back a dwarf blue spruce tree is during the winter season. You may want to wait until spring or summer before cutting it down. If you do not have enough space to store your dwarf blue spruces after they are cut down, then you will need to make sure that you place them somewhere where they won’t get damaged from snowmelt and frostbite.

You may also decide to prune your dwarf blue spruce trees at different times of the year. For example, if you live in a cold climate, then you might want to keep your dwarf spruces in the winter months so that they don’t freeze. In such cases, you could leave out some branches of your dwarf spruce trees so that they would stay upright while still being able to grow.

If you have a large number of dwarf spruces, then you will probably want to prune them all at once. However, if you are planning to keep some of your dwarf spruces alive through the winter months, then it’s better to let them grow into their full size over several years rather than pruning them all at one go.

When is the best time to trim dwarf spruce trees?

It’s important to prune when they are young so that they can develop good strong branches. If you wait until they are older, then it’s harder to prune them in a way that would make them look elegant (unless you are a skilled gardener).

For example, you could prune away some of the branches so that your spruces seem to rise out of the ground without any side branches. Or you could prune them to create a more bushy shape. There are many ways in which you could style your spruces, it all depends on what kind of look you are trying to achieve.

So when is the best time to prune your dwarf spruces?

The best time is in the winter or early spring before new growth begins. This is especially important if you plan on keeping the pruned branches so that you can plant them in another location.

If you do not plan to keep the branches, then it doesn’t matter too much when you prune them. However, early spring will give your dwarf spruces time to regrow before summer begins so that they do not suffer from the heat.

Suffocate a dwarf blue spruce?

No, we’re not advocating killing it. This is about pruning.

So when is the best time to cut back your dwarf spruces?

The best time is usually in the late fall or any time from December through February. This way the dwarf spruces have enough time to heal up before spring arrives.

If you cut back the dwarf spruces in spring, then you’ll be able to see the beautiful blue color of its new growth. However, this may leave the spruces more prone to damage from winter weather conditions.

If you cut them back in late fall, then they will have enough time to heal up before the spring, but you will not see their new growth until the next year. It’s up to you when you want to trim your dwarf spruces, just make sure that you don’t cut them back too short in one sitting. This could stress them too much results in them getting sick or worse, death.

How To Trim Back Dwarf Blue Spruce Trees

When is the best time to trim a dwarf blue spruce tree?

You might be asking this question because you want to get the job done as soon as possible. You might also be asking this question because you want to know the best way to style your dwarf spruce trees.

It’s actually easier to do both at the same time since you can style the trims so that they are more sturdy when you plant them. It’s not recommended to trim back dwarf blue spruces in the summer or spring since this will cause them unnecessary stress. Wait until the fall or winter when they are dormant and their resistance to stress is lowest.

How To Style Dwarf Blue Spruce Trees

When it comes to pruning and trimming your dwarf spruces, you have a couple of options. The first option is to cut them all the way back so that only their stumps are left standing above the soil. From there, new shoots will begin to grow and mature.

This could take a year or longer.

Once the new growth is well developed, you can dig up the stumps and transplant the new trees where you want them to be. This is an easy way of getting new trees since all you have to do is wait. However, it’s not the fastest way.

The faster way of getting new trees is by layering. Layering is the process of bending a branch toward the ground and keeping it there. The branch will take root where it touches the ground and eventually grow into a new tree.

This takes some time and effort on your part, but it can be rewarding if you enjoy this type of thing.

First, choose a shoot that is sticking out from the main trunk of the tree. Check to see where the shoot is pointing and bend it toward the ground. You want the top of the shoot to be at least a foot away from the tree so that it has room to take root and grow.

Use gardening staples to secure the shoot to the ground so that it doesn’t get knocked over by accident, like by a wayward lawn mower. Keep it watered and keep an eye on it for a year.

When a root system has developed, dig a small hole (about the size of your hand) where the base of the shoot is touching the ground. Gently remove the shoot from the soil and plant it in its own hole elsewhere. It may take several years for this to bear fruit, but eventually you will have more trees than you know what to do with.


Sources & references used in this article:

Response of plants to root pruning by D Geisler, DC Ferree – Horticultural reviews, 1984 – Wiley Online Library

Pruning high-value Douglas-fir can reduce dwarf mistletoe severity and increase longevity in Central Oregon by HM Maffei, GM Filip, NE Grulke, BW Oblinger… – Forest Ecology and …, 2016 – Elsevier

The control of dwarf mistletoe on black spruce by RE Mullin – The Forestry Chronicle, 1973 – NRC Research Press Ottawa …

You can save your trees from dwarf mistletoe by RL Anderson, FH Kaufert – 1953 –

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Root pruning as a means of size control by CJ Starbuck – 2007 –


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