The hibiscus tree is commonly found as a potted plant throughout many landscapes because of its striking flower colors. These blossoms come in an array of shades like purple, orange and pink and grace the tree almost all year. As you enjoy your hibiscus, prune the plant to keep the tree shape attractive and enable the blossoms to grow as much as possible. Fortunately, these plants can withstand an aggressive pruning.
Cut out dead limbs during late January and February, using the pruning shears. Make smooth cuts to ensure that the tree heals properly.
Trim out leggy branches to shape your tree and remove 1/3 of the plant. Cut branches all the way back to the bud line.
Cut out diseased limbs or branches that rub against each other. Continue this light-trimming practice throughout the year.
Cut your hibiscus tree down in the fall to 1 to 2 feet above the soil. This prepares your plant for dormancy so that essential nutrients go to new growth.