How to Prune Evergreen Viburnum


Viburnum is a large classification of plants, with more then 150 species of evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs. Many are renowned for their fragrant flowers, whereas the evergreen viburnum are grown because they have gorgeous foliage and berries. Viburnum rhytidophyllum is one of the largest of the species' evergreens. It has dark green leaves that tend of droop as they grow. It's essential to prune evergreen viburnum because the course stems tend to get crowded.

Step 1

Stand back and look over the evergreen viburnum. Selectively cut branches that are out of place.

Step 2

Cut branches with hand pruners at their bases, well hidden within the bulk of the shrub. Cut next to the collar, or thick section near the connection with other branches where the tissue will heal.

Step 3

Cut off limbs that are dying, diseased or damaged. Position the cut on healthy wood, where it meets the unwanted shoots.

Step 4

Shear evergreen viburnum if you are prepared to perform continual maintenance. Use hedge clippers to create a formal look. Run the clippers alongside the sides of the evergreen, cutting off the shoot terminals.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Hand pruners
  • Hedge clippers


  • UBC Botanical Garden
  • Fine Gardening
  • North Carolina State University
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