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early spring pruning of spiraea japonica

How far to I cut back my spiraea japonica, "little princess" shrub when pruning? Currently it is about 18" and it is completely brown from the long winter. Do I go back to just 6" or is that too much?
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"You can cut it back in early spring before buds leaf out. I would leave about 8 inches of stem on the plant and it should do fine. Spiraea japonica blooms on new growth, so it's important to cut back before spring growth begins.

Luke Miller, editor
Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living magazine"

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