Shrubs: pruning early-flowering

Deciduous shrubs that flower in late winter, spring and early summer need annual pruning to encourage strong, healthy shoots and improve flowering. Annual pruning also prolongs the life of these early-flowering shrubs. Such plants fall into RHS Pruning groups 2, 3 and 5.

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Pruning forsythia

Quick facts

Suitable for: Spring- and early-summer-flowering deciduous shrubs
Timing: Prune after flowering
Difficulty: Moderate

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