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United Kingdom
Jul 1, 2017 7:54 AM CST
Hi everyone

Please help! We have lived in our house just short of 7 years. When we moved here we already had two fully mature Euonymus in the garden, I believe they are Silver Queen and an Emerald and Gold. Both beautifully entwined through the horizontal latted fence.

I usually always do the gardening but with a young baby and 3 other children I accepted the offer of someone else doing it. I have only ever pruned the Euonymus back a little every couple of years.

Today I asked my other half to cut them back, obviously meaning prune back the long branches etc back to the bush, as I had always done, I left him to it.

He started with the Silver Queen and I am devastated to say it is no longer a bush! It is merely a dozen or so 6 inch stumps! What on earth! He has removed the lot! Needless to say I ain't happy! Actually I'm gutted, some of the vines were a good couple of inches in diameter nearer the base, so you can imagine its maturity.

I had a few choice words and obviously stopped him moving on to the Emerald and Gold!

Will it grow back to anything like it was?

Is there anything I can do to promote its annual growth? And promote new shoots?

Will it grow properly at all or will it end up being a few wispy shoots from the thick vines that are left?

Is it 5-10 years for maturity?

It has totally ruined the look of our garden as well as opening up the border/fence to the neighbours. I imagine they may wonder what on earth has happened to it, it grew through both sides of the fence from our garden, they have previously passed comment on how lovely it was.

God knows what possessed him!

Moral of the story..........if you want owt doing...........

Thanks in advance for any advice

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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Jul 1, 2017 9:19 AM CST
What did he do with the clippings?
Euonymus grows easily from clippings.
Might be time to fill the cutting bed.

The roots should send up plenty of new shoots, but... Those fast growing suckers won't look the same, and may need repeated clipping to slow them down.
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Jul 1, 2017 9:59 AM CST


Oh my! Blinking I would make him dig that out, buy new LARGE shrubs and replant.
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Jul 1, 2017 11:43 AM CST
Thank you for your replies.

stone in the UK we have brown compost bins that are collected fortnightly. My other half filled this by standing in it to squash the clippings in (as you can imagine there were plenty) they are truly mangled!

I can well imagine it wont look the same as it grows back and will no doubt take years to return to anywhere near its former glory.

I've done some googling and suggestions for annual growth are between 8-20 cm. This really is depressing considering it was easily 2 metres high and almost as wide.

Calif_Sue that is an option I guess.

Just wish I'd done it myself as usual! Hindsight eh!

Thanks guys
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Jul 1, 2017 11:02 PM CST
I have no advise that has not been given but I will cry with you. I know how bad you feel.

I have been there not with DH but with someone I hired at least I could take my true anger out on him that you cannot release on your DH. You cannot withhold anything because it will not do either of you any good.

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