Steve the Gardening Vet Posts: 1,604
During the building of our extension an elaeagnus that is now at the edge of the patio has become a bit horizontal. It is growing nicely but has vertical shoots coming from the horizontal branches.
Question is, do I chop it back to make it grow vertically again or is it worth tying it up and hoping it will eventually hold itself in the new shape?
If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
The more mature your shrub, the more quickly it will recover, so difficult to know without seeing a photo, but based on what you say, sounds like the branch is fixed in the new position so any new growth will just grow upwards. Training back upwards may be a long winded thing to do. If the branch is very woody, I don't think it is worth doing that, just prune it back.
If you cut the ends off bit by bit, you might find you get to a certain stage and it'll bounce up a bit. Maybe!
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