I have several old, tall camellias 15' plus,, I'd like to get them down to about 6' or 8' as they now bloom almost out of sight. What is a safe way to do this? How extreme can I be?
Pruning an Old Tall Camellia
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Overgrown camellias can be rejuvenation pruned (severely pruned) in late winter or very early spring. You can remove 1/3 to 1/2 of the camellia's overall size, or you can even cut them all the way to the ground to essentially start again with a new plant. They probably won't produce many flowers the first year, but they will come back to full flowering the following year.
Here is advice for more routine, maintenance pruning: