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Q.pruning a viburnum grown as a standard

Anonymous added on May 4, 2018 | Answered

i have an evergreen viburnum grown as a standard so it needs to be pruned to avoid becoming top heavy.however, when i pruned it there were no flowers the next year so i left it until it bloomed this spring but now need to prune again but don’t want to lose next years flowers so when and how should i prune?

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Answered on May 4, 2018

Pruning should be done immediately after flowering, before next year's buds are made. It is acceptable to prune in late winter. If you had a hard winter, late freeze or removed an excessive amount last year, it may have stressed the viburnum and killed buds. In general, don't remove more than 30-50% of leaf surface in any one growing-season pruning. Viburnum tinus seems to be most effectively grown as a standard.

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