Viburnum tinus, or laurustinus, reaches up 6 feet or taller and nearly as wide. This impressive evergreen is used as a hedge or background plant and adds color to the landscape year-round. The laurustinus produces an abundance of small white or pink flowers in early spring. The faded flowers are replaced with berries that attract birds to yard and provide them with food into winter. This evergreen shrub becomes overgrown if yearly pruning practices aren't followed.
Inspect the shrub in late winter or early spring for damaged or dead wood. Cut these branches from the shrub with a pair of pruning clippers, removing them at the base of the plant or where they join with a healthy branch.
Trim the viburnum to the desired shape once it finishes its flowering cycle in early to midsummer. Cut the top branches down to the desired height with a pair of loppers, or large shears. Cut each branch ¼ inch above a leaf or bud. Shape the sides of the shrub using the same method.
Check the area around the main trunk for suckers, which are secondary stems growing from the base of the trunk. Trim these off flush with the main trunk using the clippers.
Cut out any interior branches that are rubbing against each other with the clippers or the loppers. Use the loppers for large branches and the clippers for branches that are about the width of pencil or smaller. Remove the rubbing branches at their base, where they emerge from the nearest main branch.