Transplanting ligustrum and viburnum

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Transplanting ligustrum and viburnum

Post by windowman » Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:30 am

I have to move a couple of swiftcreek ligustrums and snowball viburnums to install a new heat pump. They're 3 years old and 6-8' tall. I live in Mooresville, North Carolina. Can I cut them back at the same time before I dig them up, at this time of year, and be successful?

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Re: Transplanting ligustrum and viburnum

Post by lorijones » Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:36 pm

Yes you can cut them back once they are dormant. This should ensure that they won't break into growth until spring. Keep in mind that the Viburnum blooms on old wood so when you cut these back, you will be removing the flower buds for the spring bloom. They should bloom normally the following spring. You may also want to thin out some of the old stems if the interior has become very dense.
Be sure to prepare a good, wide planting hole. Here are some tips: http://www.inthegardenradio.com/v.php?pg=688

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