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Start pruning your barberry bush to the height, width, and shape that.



If the shrub is old, leggy, or overgrown, then severe pruning is recommended, i.e., to cut back the older stems to the ground. It encourages dense and bushy growth of the plant. How to Prune Barberry Shrubs? Pruning these shrubs is not a very difficult task! Put on your safety glasses, heavy work gloves and other protective gear, and get bushdisposal.pwted Reading Time: 4 mins.

Barberry can be cut back hard and will recover although it will be slow. You cannot simply shear the plant to “size” as it will open up to just a stemmy appearance.



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You will need to either cut back Estimated Reading Time: 50 secs. Formative pruning plan in the spring for a single-planted bush.

If it is necessary to trim a hedge or curb, the procedure will be performed in 2 stages. The first pruning is done in early June, and the second pruning is done until mid-August. Attention! Pruning prickly shrub barberry is carried out in the second year after planting, not earlier. Barberry doesn't shear well, so prune individual branches back into the bush to encourage new growth to arch gracefully.

Evergreen wintergreen barberry (Berberis julianae), hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 9a, may be pruned from late winter through early spring. Sep 26, Barberry do not require pruning, however respond very well to it.

I leave mine alone indefinitely except to remove a damaged, dead or stray branch that is spoiling the look or shape of the plant. That said, Barberry can be pruned or sheared to maintain a formal shape or hedge, to tidy up the plant, or to reduce size.

Our preferred time for thinning or cutback is late March or early April just before new growth would begin. However, if the plant's well established and healthy we can cut it almost any time. Full- and mid-sized barberry varieties grow back very quickly, producing straight stems 36" or longer the first year.





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