overgrown oakleaf hydrangeas
I have 2 huge oakleaf hydrangeas that are growing in every direction. The blooms are beautiful but weigh the branches down to the ground. I need to prune them but don't want to harm them because they both have lots of blooms. Can they be kept pruned to a smaller size? When is the right time to prune and where on the branches do I cut?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

You can prune oakleaf hydrangea, but they will grow back to this same size within a couple of years. Pruning severely will remove the flower buds. It's best to prune oakleaf hydrangeas as little as possible, although you can shape them a bit in late winter or early in the growing season by cutting out errant branches or cutting back to a side growing shoot/branch.

If the plant is too large for its space it would be better to move it or replace it with a plant better suited to the site.

Answered by BHGgardenEditors