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How to Trim a Diablo Ninebark Tree

By Kurt Erickson
Wait until the snow is gone, but before leaves begin to grow, to trim a Diablo ninebark.
The snowy shrub. image by BVVBOR from Fotolia.com

The 'Diablo' ninebark is a shrub that can grow nearly 6 feet high. It is adaptable to many conditions and can serve as a border in a yard or a windbreak in larger settings. In the early summer, it produces red and pink flowers. Like other shrubs, however, you may want to limit its size, which requires some trimming. Horticulturists recommend waiting until late winter or early spring before pruning.

Identify the size and shape you desire in the shrub. The Diablo ninebark can grow as wide as 10 feet.

Search for a smaller branch that is located on the outer side of a larger branch. Cut away the larger branch at an angle with sharp pruning shears. This will allow the smaller branch to grow.

Remove older canes or branches that are no longer providing flowers every one or two years. Cut these unproductive branches at ground level with lopping shears.


Things You Will Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Lopping shears
  • Sturdy work gloves


  • Wear sturdy work gloves when trimming shrubs.

About the Author


Kurt Erickson has more than 20 years of experience writing for newspapers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri and Indiana. He is a 1987 graduate of Carroll College with a Bachelor of Science in communications. Erickson currently resides in Springfield, Ill., where he covers Illinois state government and politics for daily newspapers in Bloomington, Decatur, the Quad-Cities, Carbondale, Mattoon and Charleston.