Over pruned Camillias

Asked April 6, 2019, 9:38 PM EDT

Help! My yard man not knowing better, thought pruning me 10 ft tall camillia bushes meant cutting ALL the branches off as he cut the stems in half! Now they look like the crepe myrtles! Will these 2 favorite bushes die? Will they recover ? How long will this take if it happens?! Help!

Pickens County Georgia

1 Response

Thank you for your question. I suspect your state’s Extension service can give you better predictions than can we in Oregon. Your county Extension office staff will need photos to see if the shrubs have been pruned below any nodes, which will-eventually—create new growth. Here is their contact information: http://extension.uga.edu/county-offices/pickens.html Good luck!