Real World Gardener Pruning Evergreen vs Deciduous part 3 in Design Elements

November 29th, 2019


  • Pruning 101: Deciduous vs Evergreen.

Deciduous and evergreen plants have different pruning needs.

Have you ever had a shrub, say philadelphus that you thought wasn’t performing-no flowers for several years, so you transplanted it or pulled it out?

Perhaps you weren’t timing it right? Philadelphus_coronarius_Sweet_Mock_Orang

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Let’s find out.


Marianne's Tips on Pruning

Pruning group

Pruning method

Time of pruning

Examples of plants

Flower on current season’s growth

Old wood thing. New growth shortened.

Winter/early spring

Roses, abelia, buddleia. Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Flowers on previous season’s growth

Immediately after flowering


Spiraea, Rondeletia,Prunus glandulosa, Acacia, Callistemon, Grevillea

Flowering on older wood and spurs

Maintain tidy shape

After flowering

Prunus cerasifera & other prunus species

For showy fruits

Cut away most of leaders

 After fruiting if needed

Cotoneaster, pyracantha, Berberis spp.

For showy foliage

Prune 50% of growth’ feed and water

Winter to spring

Abutilon, Aucuba japonica-gold dust plant. Buxus.  Hebe, Euonymus.

Non flowering evergreen

Do not prune back beyond green foliage into older wood

Late winter


If you don’t know what shrub or tree that you’ve got, the best advice is to wait until it flowers or sets fruit, and then prune after that.

  • In the case of philadelphus, as soon as the shrub had finished flowering, cut out all of the stems which have just flowered.
  • Prune them back to around a third of their length. They will soon start to produce new stems which will provide the flowering stems for next year. Don’t just prune little bits off the end 

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