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May 20, 2020 7:44 PM CST
Northern VA
Any advice on how to prune this back into shape? I neglected pruning it in years past and After removing some dead branches I've lost all symmetry and shape on the left side.

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May 21, 2020 5:08 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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Your Aucuba looks perfect and beautiful. Other than a few limbs, I wouldn't prune your Aucuba now because its not the best time. Early spring is the best time and I think that has passed, so if you can wait until Winter when most everything is not growing or next year it would be best. .
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May 21, 2020 5:36 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
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I pruned my Acubas on Long Island anytime. Why? Because they respond very well to pruning.
You can take off large branches, smaller pieces, whatever. You can kind of shape it as you go. My best advice is to take off those big branches on the left all the way back. Then work on shaping.
It is a little hard to explain but with mine, when I reached in to what I considered an 'offending branch, I cut it back to a juncture or a joint. And if there were one or two other possible branches at the same joint or juncture, I pruned them too. Since they branch in clusters, I would leave the two or three smaller branches in place to fill out the shape.

Keep stepping back and check your work as you go. But they respond so well to pruning, you'll be doing it almost yearly. You really can't make a mistake. It seemed to me that after 2 months, all evidence of your shaping have disappeared in a wave of new growth.
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May 21, 2020 1:29 PM CST
Northern VA
Thank you both for the help
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May 21, 2020 1:37 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
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May 22, 2020 1:49 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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Here in Texas they don't prune well, and have to be planted in full shade because of the texas heat. The difference between Long Island and Texas heat is a lot different. We run in the 100s every year every summer. Thanks Big bill for the info because I needed to know this.
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May 22, 2020 2:59 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
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Welcome Luke! Thumbs up
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