The Q&A Archives: Dead branches in my sunrise abelia

Question: Hi,

I planted your sunrise variegated abelia 2 years ago and this year I noticed that lots of the branches that do not have leaves (probably winter kill). In fact the foliage is very sparse. What do I do to revive it? Do I prune the dead branches? How should I prune them? Is it too late to prune at this time of the year? I live in Seattle.


Answer: Abelia can be pruned hard in the winter and then pruned again after it has finished flowering. For now, prune out the dead branches, then wait until flowering is finished to renovate your shrub. Cut the stems at varying heights to encourage a dense and thick growth pattern. By this time next year it should have regained its former beauty. Enjoy!

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