Dead branches in my sunrise abelia - Knowledgebase Question

Redmond, WA
Question by varsha_jayas
April 29, 2006

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 from NGA
April 29, 2006


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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