How To Prune A Viburnum: An Easy Guide For Beginners

What is Viburnum?

Viburnums are a genus of flowering plants in the family Adoxaceae. There are more than 150 species of viburnums, many of which have notable ornamental qualities and make excellent additions to gardens. Some popular varieties include snowball bushes, arrowwood viburnums, and leatherleaf viburnums.

Why Prune Viburnum?

Pruning your viburnum bush can help maintain its shape and size as well as promote healthy growth. You may also want to prune if you notice dead or diseased branches or stems on your plant. Pruning will allow for better air circulation throughout the plant, reducing the chance of disease outbreaks or pest infestations. Additionally, pruning can encourage new growth by stimulating dormant buds that were previously hidden by old foliage and branches.

When To Prune

The best time to prune a viburnum bush is during the late winter season while it’s still dormant – usually between December and March depending on your specific climate zone. This ensures that new buds will have plenty of time to form before spring arrives; if you wait until later in spring or summer when it starts actively growing again, then you won’t get any new growth from those newly-revealed buds since they would already be too far along in their development cycle for stimulation to work effectively anymore at that point in time!

How To Prune A Viburmum Bush

1) Start by removing all dead wood from the plant including twigs with no leaves remaining on them – this should be done first so that you don’t accidentally break off live buds when cutting away dead material later on! Make sure not to take too much off though because there could still be viable shoots underneath what appears to be nothing but bare wood right now (but may turn into something beautiful once spring rolls around).

2) After cleaning up any obvious dead wood cut back weak branches or stems that appear spindly, are overcrowded with other foliage/branches nearby (decreasing air circulation), crossing over one another awkwardly (causing rubbing wounds), etc…this helps keep everything balanced looking plus allows light & air access where needed most without having anything compete directly against each other all at once either visually or functionally speaking!

3) Finally trim away any overly long stems so they don’t create an unruly look; this includes shaping up large shrubs if necessary which means cutting back some higher points down lower ones below them instead just uniformly shortening everything across all sections evenly together – this creates more visual interest overall & gives structure definition specifically above average levels compared before hand prior performing such maintenance tasks today here now after these instructions being followed correctly like should occur regularly anyway 😉