Have 3 camellias that are about 60 yrs. old. It's time to prune. Once you get past the outer foliage (just about a foot or a little more), the shrubs are empty and woody. Do I need to cut way back and open them up a little, or trim up the leafy parts? I'm sort of new to this. Thank you.
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I would only prune it back by 1/3. You can follow up next year with a pruning of 1/3 again. Any more than 1/3 and most plants start to have problems. The following article should help as well: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/camellia/pruning-camellias-how-to-prune-a-camellia-plant.htm