The Q&A Archives: Pruning Abelia Grandiflora

Question: Several years ago I planted a line of Glossy Abelia at the front of my house, which has an open NW exposure with good indirect light most of the day. The shrubs are healthy and bloom well all summer and into the fall. BUT, they are thin, leggy plants. I would like to encourage denser growth. Should I shear the plants or thin out the oldest branches to induce thicker growth?

Answer: Normally, thinning is the best approach for Glossy Abelia since it does not remove the natural arching form of the bush. However in order to bring an overgrown, leggy bush back down to size and thicken it up, one good shearing may be in order. After that try to use thinning to keep it in line. Keep in mind that some legginess is natural for an Abelia that is growing vigorously. It may also be that the light in that location is just not quite bright enough to keep the bushes dense in their growth habit.

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