Barberry Shrubs
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Can mature berberis thunbergii be hard pruned

Zone KT6 5JZ | Anonymous added on January 30, 2020 | Answered

Mature b.thunberii now over 3m high - is it possible to prune hard back to say 1m?

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on January 31, 2020

This article will tell you how to do rejuvenation pruning. It consists of removing the oldest canes first to the ground, thereby encouraging new growth. Cutting off the top will just enourage more leggy growth.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/shgen/trimming-overgrown-shrub.htm

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