The Q&A Archives: How And When Do You Prune Loropetalum?

Question: After one full year, our "sizzling pink" loropetalum have become leggy and sparsly leaved. How and when do you prune the plant to maintain a dense foliage?

Answer: Loropetalum tends to grow into irregularly rounded shrubs with whip-like branches. Luckily, the plants withstand hard pruning. Because they are such fast growers, you can cut yours back by one-half to encourage new stems and lots of flowers. Prune immediately after flowering, unless you don't mind losing this year's bloom, in which case you can prune in early spring, just as new growth begins.

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