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Can Berberis be hard pruned?

Last Updated: 4th April, 2020

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Hardy pruning deciduous berberis
If you need to do some hard pruning then this needs to be done in early summer after flowering. They can be pruned back hard without any problems and pruning early will ensure they have time to produce lots of new growth in summer which will flower the following year in spring.

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Beside this, can you prune barberry to the ground?

Any barberry species can be cut back right to the ground. If you cut them back to stubs before they push out any of their preplanned growth, they will form new growth from dormant buds

Likewise, can you hard prune Cotinus? If this occurs, Cotinus can be hard pruned if the shrub is mature and it will tolerate being cut back hard or coppiced and this will keep it in check although at the expense of flowers. Hard pruning will also have the effect of producing larger leaves that year. Cotinus is fully hardy and easy to grow.

One may also ask, what is hard pruning?

Hard pruning is a pruning technique that removes quite a lot of wood. You should prune in winter when the tree is dormant and cut back to three buds on each spur bearer, a lateral branch that grows on a framework or primary branch.

When should I prune Berberis?

Berberis thunbergii and all other deciduous Berberis need pruning right after they have finished flowering - late spring or early summer. Together with this, if you prune these Berberis too early (before flowering in spring) you will prune out all of the flower buds for the current year.

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