Cuting back shrub?

Asked February 15, 2019, 9:46 AM EST

Hello, this shrub has grown very tall. If I cut it down to provide screening between my and my neighbor’s yard, will it harm the plant? When and how should this be done?

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5 Responses

Generally, we would not recommend trimming it all back at the same time.
One way of rejuvenative pruning is to take it slowly back, removing one-third of the oldest branches back to the base each year for three years. By the third year, hopefully, you would have new growth from the base and a renewed plant.
Usually the timing of pruning is June-July because flowers are produced on wood from past season, so pruning while dormant will reduce flowers. At this point your flowers are so high it probably does not matter. Late winter would be fine.

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Many thanks. What is the name of the plant?

Many thanks. What is the name of the plant?

Many thanks. What is the name of the plant?

It looks like a type of Photinia. There is a variety of different species and cultivars.

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