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pruning mirror leaf viburnum

Posted by Tom , Aug 26,2004,18:44       Forum

Sarasota Florida; I have seven mirror leaf viburnums that were planted last summer. They were 25 gallon pots and 5-6 feet tall. They lost a lot of leaves but have grown well at the ends of the branches. However the only leaves are at the ends of these long vertical branches. Some new branches have sprouted at the base. I bought four more of the same size this spring and they appear to have been well pruned at the nursury as they don't have these long stems without leaves. On the original seven, should I cut back these long stems and hope it will fill in? Or will the new branches at the bottom fill in eventually. They are 7 feet tall now and I don't want to lose the privacy. Can I cut back some each year so I don't lose the privacy?

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