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Overgrown Cotoneaster!

I have an overgrown cotoneaster growing against my cottage - see photos below.  I would like to cut it back by 25% all round but this will cut all greenery off and it will be back to wood. Question is, will it sprout again from the wood?  Also any advice on how to cut back?
Many thanks!


  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,448
    Cotoneaster are pretty forgiving.
    You can hard prune and it will shoot out again.
    You will lose some of the greenery for a while but it will soon come back!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 6,551
    I agree with @madpenguin, I have one that I have to regularly chop quite severely as it’s overhanging some steps, and it always recovers.
  • Thank you @madpenguin and @Nollie.  I shall go forth and chop!
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,148
    They're pretty indestructible.
    Another method of pruning them is to do cloud pruning. That would depend on how much time you have to spend [possibly quite a lot at the moment!] and how artistic you feel  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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