How to Prune Wild Azaleas


Azaleas are very common shrubs in gardens and on landscapes. They are very colorful and bloom from spring to summer, needing to be pruned in order to encourage new growth and maintain an attractive appearance. It's important to prune azaleas right after they bloom. It requires a little time and simple landscaping tools.

Step 1

Clean any pruning shears or scissors with rubbing alcohol in order to sterilize them. This helps prevent passing any bacteria or infection to the cut branches.

Step 2

Locate any dead or broken branches on the shrub first. Cut off and remove them back to the base of the shrub with pruning scissors.

Step 3

Use the pruning shears to cut away stray branches or overgrown pieces of wood that are growing away from the rest of the shrub, in awkward directions or extending a couple inches out from the rest of the plant. Prune away every third branch in the center of the bush in order for more sunlight to reach the center of the plant.

Step 4

Prune your azalea shrubs completely back to a certain shape or style you may want, such as for a formal appearance, a square, a circular shape, etc.

Step 5

Square off your hedges carefully and clip any uneven shoots or stems that are growing upward from the root system, or small suckers from the base of the plant. This is unnecessary growth and will only suck nutrients from the more healthy parts of the azalea.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Pruning shears
  • Pruning scissors
  • Rubbing alcohol


  • Pruning Evergreen Azaleas
  • Caring for Azaleas
  • Trimming Azaleas
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