Hard Pruning a Buddleia Shrub

Many vigorous or fast growing plants can be cut back hard every few years to encourage stronger growth & a better shape to your plants.

When to do it

  • Do before new growth starts in spring
  • During the dormant season
  • Many plants benefit from a hard pruning every 3 to 5 years

Why we do this

  • To re-establish a new framework of shoots
  • To promote vigorous growth
  • To encourage fresh new shoots & better flowering
  • To remove dead, old & tired branches
  • To reduce the overall size of a plant
  • To remove diseased stems


  • Remove at least 1/3 of the oldest, tallest branches
  • Plants can be cut back to 6 to 12 inches above ground level
  • If possible, prune just above an existing, outward facing bud
  • Reduce plant back to approximately 15 to 20 branches

What shrubs can you prune back hard

  • Fast growing plants
  • Those that produce stems directly from the soil
  • Privet
  • Buddleia
  • Rose
  • Abelia
  • Nandina
  • Forysthia
  • Buddleia
  • Cornus

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