Prune my shrub

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Date Photo Taken: 03/27/2013
Location: Marietta, ga
Posted By: wgh213


I want to cut these shrubs back significantly…to as much as 24″ above ground; before I start, need to know what they are so I can determine when to do it, and how much is ok. Any thoughts / comments are appreciated.


  1. rpaul Unregistered says:

    It looks like a cleyera which can be severely pruned (like down to 12″) in late winter before new shoots put out. You may be already too late for that. My habit depends on the plant. If it’s a plant I really want, I’d cut out 1/3 to 1/2 of the larger limbs to open up and look for new lower shoots to appear just below the cuts during the late spring and summer. I would then take out the rest of the older limbs in following winters.

    March 27th, 2013 at 4:54 pm
  2. Jenny A. Unregistered says:

    I believe they are Cleyera (sp?).

    March 27th, 2013 at 10:52 pm
  3. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Cleyera Japonica or Ternstroemia gymnanthera? There seems to be some confusion about what to call this plant; if the tips of the leaves are “blunted” or rounded it is ternstroemia. Old habits die hard so, I’ll call yours Cleyera. That’s what I called mine when I cut it back to an eight inch stump about this time four years ago. It has done very good and now I try to keep it at about three feet high.

    March 28th, 2013 at 8:38 am
  4. James Mauro Unregistered says:

    Can you tell me when and how far I can prune my loropetalum hedges?

    Thank you.

    March 30th, 2013 at 7:28 am

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