Tree Care Tips: December

  • Deciduous trees should be pruned now through February. These include mulberries, pecans, elms, ash, desert willows, chaste trees, stone fruits and others.
  • Shrubs like Mexican bird of paradise, lantana, yellow bells, orange jubilee, bougainvillea, oleander and cassia can be cut way back. (For more information on shrub restoration and rejuvenation, see the article¬†Salvaging Sheared Shrubs.)
  • As in November, December is a great time to remove deadwood from any tree. It’s also a good time to plant or transplant deciduous trees. Deciduous trees planted on the south side of a house provide summer shade but allow sunlight through during winter when the leaves are off.