The plants grown in the United States as cedar shrubs and trees are not true cedars but are actually related to the juniper family. True cedars grow primarily in the Mediterranean and Himalayan regions of the world. North American cedars have fine needles, a fragrant wood used in cabinet making and produce small, blue berries. Junipers that do not achieve a large form are typically grown as shrubs in the landscaping. Cedar shrubs must be pruned to keep them the proper size for your yard.
Time cedar pruning for early spring before growth starts on your shrub.
Examine your cedar shrub to determine where new growth begins. New growth is visually greener than old and is usually on the outermost 6 to 12 inches of each branch.
Cut branches back to a point where a younger branch sprouts from the branch you are cutting. This is known as heading back.
Remove dead, diseased or damaged wood by cutting a branch back to the nearest healthy branch or trunk.
Remove limbs that grow toward the tree's trunk or cross the canopy.