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Hello, I have an extremelyHello, I have an extremely large either lilac (I think it might be a butterfly bush due to size and the leaf coloring/size) that is in dire need of a pruning. We just purchased the house last year and am not sure if it is safe to prune now- before it starts to flower. It flowered last year in June/July. It attracts hummingbirds, hummingbird moths, giant bees, bumble bees, butterflies etc. I don't want to kill it. Just wondering if its safe to dead head the old flower bunches that have gone to seed and are all ugly and woody looking now. Thanks! OH! And I have a hedge going all the way around my house, it blooms in the summer with yellow flowers and has pea-like pods that "pop" towards the end of the season. I'm thinking its called a carregana? When can I prune these back to a manageable size? And lastly, I have another section of the yard that has a hedge/line of shrubs/trees that have dark green largeish arrow shaped leaves that look like a lilac however it has never flowered. I would say the tree/shrub(S) are about 5 and a bit feet tall and 5 feet in diameter. What are these? Will they ever flower?

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