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Our Viburnum bodnantense 'dawn' has become much too big: it must be about 12' tall and 5' wide, with many new trunks growing up from the soil. How can we best cut it back without it getting even bigger?



This is one shrub which can be rejuvenated by stooling in winter, when its dormant, down as low as you like. You'll lose the flowers till it grows again though, otherwise, recommendation is to cut out some major stems to the ground and trim the rest.

16 Jun, 2011


Thanks Bamboo. Does "stooling" mean cutting down low? When you say rejuvenated, I hope that doesn't mean it will grow back even bigger?!

16 Jun, 2011


It should take some time to get that big again, and yes, stooling means very low down.

16 Jun, 2011


Agree with bamboo, always responds well to hard pruning.

16 Jun, 2011


Thanks very much . . . will wait a few months then.

17 Jun, 2011

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