How to Prune a Rosemary Christmas Tree


Rosemary Christmas tree is a small tree with a piney aroma. It's ideal if you have limited space, want to use it as a table centerpiece or love cooking with rosemary. Rosemary grows as a bushy, strong evergreen plant with needle-shaped leaves. Over time, someone started pruning it into a Christmas tree-like cone shape, and thus the title of Rosemary Christmas tree was born. Rosemary is a perennial, so prune it annually if you want to maintain its shape.

Step 1

Use scissors or pruning shears to trim rosemary Christmas trees. Their branches are bendable enough that regular scissors will cut through them.

Step 2

Wear gloves to protect your hands. Trim the rosemary into a cone shape by running scissors or shears along the sides of the plant.

Step 3

Keep the branches on the bottom of the tree longer and gradually get shorter as you reach the top of the cone. The length will depend on the desired look.

Step 4

Create a taller, sleeker tree, by trimming branches shorter all the way up to the top. For a stout tree, keep the bottom branches longer and bushier.

Step 5

Remove leaves from the branches you trim, because they can be used as an herb. Dry them or free them for later use.

Step 6

Keep the rosemary inside after the holiday season. Re-introduce it outside in the springtime, so it can get the sun it desperately needs to thrive. Store it in a sunny spot.

Step 7

Bring the rosemary back inside next season. Once again, trim it into the desired cone shape.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Scissors or shears


  • The Herb Guide
  • Dave's Garden
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