How to Cut Back Tango Weigela


Weigela are native to Eastern Asia, namely Japan, Korea and the northern parts of China. While most Weigela will not thrive past USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5, the Northscaping website says Tango Weigela is hardy all they way down to zone 3. Tango Weigela features purple leaves and red flowers, which bloom for 3 to 4 weeks every June. Cut back the Tango Weigela shrub so it performs well each year.

Step 1

Deadhead the flowers after Tango Weigela has finished blooming in the summer. Cut off the flowers at the base of the bloom.

Step 2

Cut off any dead, damaged or diseased wood at the base of the branch to increase the health of the weigela.

Step 3

Remove any wood more than 3 or 4 years old. The branches will be about 1 1/2 inches thick. Cut the wood off at the base of the plant.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not cut back more than one-third of the Tango Weigela branches at a time.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears


  • Spring Meadow Nursery: All About Weigela
  • Northscaping: Tango Weigela
  • Nature Hills Nursery: Tango Weigela
  • Gardening Know How: Pruning Weigelas
  • Purdue University: Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs
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About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.