Camellia Plants
Q.

How far can I cut back a large camelia bush

Zone Helston, West Penwith, Cornwall, UK | Anonymous added on February 16, 2020 | Answered

We have a number of healthy camelia bushes in our garden which grow extremely well in this part of Cornwall. One has got huge and is encroaching on our lawn - we haven't got a large garden and we would like to cut it well back and create a sort of camelia tree? This would give more space to the Magnolia tree which it is blocking. Is that possible. I read on one site - but it was an Australian site that this was possible and good for the bush, but we have given advice from someone else that this is a bad idea. Help please! It's a classic large pincushion shaped bush, it doesn't flower particularly profusely in comparison to our other camlias. We think it is an old bush as the main trunk is probably about eight inches in diameter. Please help us

A.
A.Answers to this queston: Add Answer
GKH_Susan
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on February 16, 2020

"Moderation in all things" is good advice, especially with pruning. Don't remove more than 25% of foliage in one year. If you need more drastic reduction than that, do it over a two or three year period. Or remove the entire plant and replace with a younger, smaller plant.

Plants produce the foliage they need for photosynthesis of sugars for growth and sustanance. If you remove too much there is considerable stress induced and possible ramant regrowth, as the plant tries to get back the lost leaf surface and food production for itself.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/camellia/pruning-camellias-how-to-prune-a-camellia-plant.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/shgen/rejuvenation-pruning-tips.htm

00
Was this answer useful?

Log in or sign up to help answer this question.
Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends!

You must be logged into your account to answer a question.

If you don't have an account sign up for an account now.

Looking for more?
here are more questions about...
Camellia Plants
Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!
Learn

Learn From
Your Peers on
Our Blog

Visit Our Blog

Do you know a lot about gardening?
Become a GKH Gardening Expert

Learn More