Barberry Shrubs
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Barberry

Zone Faber, va. 22938 Zone 7 | Anonymous added on September 20, 2017 | Answered

Can I rejuvenate prune a Barberry? What time of year would be best? I have come across some barberries that have been neglected for about 10 years, minimal foliage and a lot of dead. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on September 20, 2017

Yes, you can rejuvenation prune barberries, or better renewal prune them, which is the gentler version where you remove 1/3 of the branches each year for three years. Spring is the best time so the cut branches won't be stressed during the winter. Here is the answer a university extension agent gave to someone with a similar question:
https://ask.extension.org/questions/284920

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