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Old 05-20-2019, 07:13 AM
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Can someone ID these shrubs for me and give pruning advise? I need to cut these way back or remove and replace. They have been neglected and are oddly shaped and leggy. Should I move them elsewhere in the yard and replace with something else?
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:25 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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They look like azaleas to me. Not my strong suite, I'll leave recommendations to others, but I will point out that you can find them at pretty much any garden center, including big box stores.
https://www.southernliving.com/home-...a-pruning-tips
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:31 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Cut them back, yes.

It's done after blooming. https://www.southernliving.com/home-...a-pruning-tips

Move them? Do you like them where they are? If so, keep them there.

They're large enough that moving them will be difficult and likely fatal to them.

I wish I could grow them like that.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:00 AM
 
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They are lovely. Azaleas. What you call leggy might be good for the plant. It allows sunlight to reach the leaves and air flow to stave off certain fungal and insect pests.
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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They are lovely. Azaleas. What you call leggy might be good for the plant. It allows sunlight to reach the leaves and air flow to stave off certain fungal and insect pests.

I agree...lovely.

azaleas should not be cut into balls or squares!

Just selective pruning to remove odd branches etc.
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:56 AM
 
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I might have to disagree about not cutting them square. Attaching pic of my sister in law's azalea hedge.
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Old 05-20-2019, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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You can cut them way back after blooming. Give them a nice dose of acid lovers fertilizer, like Hollytone, on the holidays (Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day) and they’ll have all summer to fill in and form buds for next year.
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Old 05-20-2019, 03:04 PM
 
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Can someone ID these shrubs for me and give pruning advise? I need to cut these way back or remove and replace. They have been neglected and are oddly shaped and leggy. Should I move them elsewhere in the yard and replace with something else?

Azaleas, and very nice ones I might add, they look quite healthy and well established and will have big spread out root systems. This year after blooming is finished prune them back judiciously and give them a chance of at least one or two more years to prove themselves to you and see if they will meet with your satisfaction. The big white one in the middle needs the most pruning and thinning. Personally I think they are nice enough I wouldn't consider trying to remove them unless they get sick and die, I would just prune them for a couple of years and get them back to a more controllable size and shapes. If after another year or two you are still not satisfied with them then yes, take them out and replace with something else.

Sadly, I don't think you will be able to transplant those azaleas to another location and have them survive, I think they will die if you try. Unless you hire a big backhoe with a big enough shovel to dig deep and lift them up together intact out of the ground I think they are way too big and will have too much tangled up root systems grown together and intermingled with each other for you to dig them up with intact root balls to transplant elsewhere, so they will almost certainly die when you dig them out. So if you decide to replace them you may as well just save yourself the trouble and money, cut them off through the trunks at ground level and rent a stump grinder to get the stumps and roots out of the ground in that planting space. You will need to remove all the big roots before you can plant any other shrubs in that space.

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Old 05-20-2019, 03:52 PM
 
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I don't know why you'd want to remove them, they're very pretty.

Just trim them back after they're done blooming to a shape/size you like. I like to prune them into a short tree shape, that way you can see the trunk branching out, and you can seen the ground underneath them.
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Old 05-20-2019, 06:27 PM
 
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They are really pretty.
The colors are so vibrant!
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