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 AA Pruning Shrubs Guide - An A - Z Listing 

The importance of pruning shrubs at the right time of year cannot be overstressed. If you prune some shrubs in the autumn, then you could be cutting off all of the next year's flower buds. If you prune other shrubs in the spring, then the same goes. You could be cutting off the summer's flower buds. In either case, it means no flowers on your shrub!

Timing of pruning is the most important aspect for success. That is why we have put up a When to Prune Shrubs page. You can also follow our A-Z listings below for best advice on how and when to prune shrubs.

Many different shrubs require different pruning regimes, but fortunately there are a few basic rules you can follow to get it right - even if you do not know the name of your shrub. Yes, it is that easy.

(Pruning shrubs. Follow our Pruning Guide for simple explanations on how to prune shrubs)

Botanical and Common names included for ease of use in our A - Z shrub pruning guide. If you are not sure that you have identified your shrub correctly, then our a - z of shrubs listing (with pictures) should help you, If all else fails, we are always at your service. Just an email away. Send us an image of your shrub, and we will do our best to identify it for you.

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(If you require basic technique information click here)

 

 

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Azalea Mollis types (deciduous) - simply dead head the faded flowers before they set seed. Otherwise see

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Ceratostigma
Chaenomeles

 Cistus

Cotoneaster

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Elaeagnus  - Evergreen Types can be cut back quite hard during April/May - or later

Erica
Escallonia

Eucryphia
Euonymus (evergreen) - trim to shape in spring - or cut back hard if required.
Euonymus (deciduous)

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Fatsia

G/

Genista
Griselinia - Can be cut back quite hard at start of Spring growing season. 

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I/

Ilex - trim in early spring - if required

J/

Jasminum nudiflorum - Cut back the flowered shoots to within a few cm of the older branch. Also cut back  some of the older branches to within a few cm of ground level in order to promote more basal growth. To grow as a small arching shrub, prune each spring as for Buddleja.
Japanes Maples - see Acers above

K/

Kalmia

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Lavandula - Lavender

Leucothoe - rarely, and if so, just to shape - in early spring

Ligustrum

M/

Mahonia
Maples - See Acers above.

Myrtus - Can be pruned to shape, or cut back hard in early growing season, or later in year, but not after mid August.

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Nandina

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Pachysandra - as and when required for shape and spread
Paeonia
Pear Trees
Pernettya - No pruning required. Cut back if necessary in April

Phlomis - Trim as required for foliage effect - otherwise nil.
Phormium - Nil - simply remove dead or damaged foliage.

Phygelius - as a herbaceous perennial, simply cut back hard in the spring
Phygelius

Potentilla

Pyracantha

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R/

S/

Salvia

Santolina
Senecia - see Brachyglottis now.

Solanum (Evergreen climber type

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U/

Ulex

V/

Viburnum to follow
Vinca - restrict growth by cutting back hard in early spring (March)

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Xanthorhiza

Y/

Yucca.

Z/

Zauschneria - needs no pruning but I needed a 'Z' plant! (OK I know, Zelkovia and Zenobia etc)


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By David Hughes - info@gardenseeker.com