How Do You Trim Leatherleaf Viburnum?


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Leatherleaf viburnum is a fast-growing evergreen shrub that easily overgrows, so regular pruning and trimming are necessary. This is done through cutting back branches, trimming to the ground or careful pruning to encourage branching, depending on the season and the current condition of the plant.

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The leatherleaf viburnum is a sturdy plant that endures basic trimming or hard pruning with relative ease. When trimming the plant, cut back about a third of the new growth all the way to the parent branches, which means taking the whole stem of a leaf. During this process, choose the leaves carefully in order to make the whole plant more aesthetically pleasing. Cut away dead and drooping leaves or those that bugs have nibbled.

The leatherleaf viburnum withstands hard pruning, which is when the entire plant is cut down to the stems. This is often done when the plant is grown outdoors and has become too large or unruly. When hard pruned, the plant does not flower the following year. This type of pruning is done in late winter.

Encourage new branching by cutting new growth back to the bud. Do this when the stem or branch is between 12 and 18 inches, whether the branch is new or old.

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