How to Prune Viburnum Davidii


Viburnum davidii is a low-growing shrub with large dark green leaves, delicate pink flowers and bright blue berries. The flowers have no fragrance. Viburnum davidii makes an excellent border plant, seldom growing more than 2 to 3 feet tall, and is a superior ground cover. Viburnums attract butterflies, which many gardeners enjoy. The plants require little care, are drought-tolerant, and will grow in a wide range of soils. They grow best in USDA hardiness zones 8 and 9. They do not appreciate particularly cold or hot weather.

Step 1

Cut out all dead branches in early spring, before the plant begins its new growth cycle. It should be possible to cut dead branches with pruning shears.

Step 2

Thin your plant as you are doing your spring cutting. Do not over-thin unless your plant has not been trimmed in several years and needs a great deal of work. Normally a well-tended Viburnum needs only minimal pruning during spring.

Step 3

Prune your Viburnum davidii for shape in late summer, after the plant has flowered. Pruning for shape before flowering runs the risk of removing the flowering parts of the plant and the berries. Waiting until after flowering to prune for shape allows you to keep most of the berries, which are a big reason for growing this particular plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears


  • Clemson University: Viburnum
  • Washington State University: Davidii Viburnum
  • University of Maryland: Pruning Ornamental Shrubs
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Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for TV, everything from SMURFS to SPIDER-MAN.