Pruning nandinas - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by margaret_lac
May 8, 2010
What is the best way to prune a nandina bush? Is there any difference when pruning regular and dwarf nandinas? I have read that you should not clip sides or tops, but mine are growing completely out of bounds!

Answer from NGA
May 8, 2010
If you clip the sides and top they may not show new growth. Instead, you're supposed to reach into the shrub and completely remove some of the stems (canes) all the way down to ground level. I have standard sized nandinas and I do selectively prune back the tallest stems but I do it in a random fashion so the plant still looks natural rather than looking flat on top. It takes a little extra time but the result is attractive. If random pruning isn't something you're interested in, you can always dig the plant out and divide it, then replant a smaller portion. Dwarf nandinas have the same pruning requirements. Good luck with your project!

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