How to Prune Winterberry Shrubs

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Winterberry shrub is the formal name for holly, which is usually found at Christmas hanging on a wreath. The plant has dark green leaves, white flowers and bright red berries that are extremely attractive to birds. Because the winterberry shrub has male and female flowers found on different plants, it is best to plant them near each other so they can easily be pollinated by insects. The winterberry shrub doesn't need much pruning, but it can be shaped without causing damage.

Step 1

Prune your winterberry shrubs in spring to encourage a large production of berries.

Step 2

Wipe down your garden snips with a sanitizer, such as bleach or rubbing alcohol, to prevent spreading any plant diseases.

Step 3

Decide on the shape for your winterberry and remove branches or parts of branches to attain the shape. Winterberry shrubs do not need pruning for strong growth. Pruning is usually done for aesthetic purposes only.

Step 4

Remove any droopy branches that hang over walkways so the winterberry shrubs do not hinder pedestrians.

Step 5

Snip off the damaged and broken branches. Winterberry bark is thin and damages easily upon impact.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden gloves
  • Garden snips


  • Plant Care Guides

Who Can Help

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Lacy Enderson received an AA Degree in Behavioral Science and a BS Degree in Religion/Psychology. Lacy is the author of, "Addiction: A Personal Story" and "So You Want To Lose Weight But You Can't Stop Eating." Her articles have appeared in Discipleship Journal and

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