Pruning Old Multi Stemmed Shrubs

Old crochety multi-stemmed shrubs are perhaps the most intimidating plant to prune.  Here is a video where I go over the process.  There are two basic steps:

  1. Cut out 25-30% of the oldest and largest stems at the base of the plant each year until they are replaced by new growth (a 2-3yr. process)
  2. Finish by lightly pruning unruly and out-of-shape branches into a vase-like form.

You will be surprised at how good it looks once you get some of that old growth out of there.

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