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Can I safely savage an evergreen Eunonymous?

Sarah248Sarah248 Posts: 44
edited October 2018 in Problem solving
I have a 6’ high golden everygreen eunonymous that on the outside seems to be thriving and is getting a bit too wide, but has a few large holes in it where it seems to be bare branches. Can I safely chop the whole thing back to encourage thicker growth - a bit like Ive done successfully in the past to pyracantha - or will I just end up with a twiggy mess?

Many thanks.


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    Yes you can, especially if they have outgrown their space. You can prune them back in early spring time. They will look a bit 'twiggy mess' for a bit, but soon start re-growing once it warms up.
  • floraliesfloralies Posts: 2,589
    I had a euonymus  with bad scale insect infestation a few years ago which i cut back to ground level. there were no problems and the bush looks healthier now than it ever did.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,177
    I cut one back earlier this year , on a kill or cure basis. It did look pretty bad for a while, but is recovering well.
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