How to Trim Down a Butterfly Bush


Gardeners who add a butterfly bush or two to a home landscape will enjoy the beautiful cone-shaped blooms of this shrub when it blossoms in midsummer. Because your butterfly bushes develop blooms on each current year's growth, a gardener must trim carefully to avoid removing future blooms. Cut back a butterfly bush to just above soil level each year to give it an opportunity to grow new and attractive stems for the coming growing season.

Step 1

Trim back the butterfly bush in late winter or early spring while the bush is still dormant. Pruning earlier during the winter may lead to injury from cold temperatures.

Step 2

Use the pruning shears for smaller branches or the lopper for larger branches and cut back the butterfly bush to between 6 and 12 inches above the soil level.

Step 3

Discard the stems and branches in a compost bin or in the garbage.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Lopper


  • AR Home and Garden: Butterfly Bushes
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