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Hard pruning a Buddleia


I gather it's that time of year to prune a buddleia. I've taken this down from about 2m to what you see now. 

There's a fair bit of old, dry and what feels like unstable trunk. Any suggestions of how much more to take off and where?

Thanks in advance. 


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358
    That looks fine. I'll be doing mine in a week or two. 
    You can always take off anything unproductive later on. They're easy from cuttings too, if you ever want to replace it with a fresh specimen.  :)

    It isn't a very big space anyway, and the soil level looks very low. It could probably do with some more soil/compost etc added, as long as you aren't covering up any planting which could then be compromised by being too deep. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,124
    You could take it down lower if you wanted to, or leave it. In a month or so you'll be able to see whether any branches aren't producing new growth and either take them off then or make a note for next spring.
    For myself in that small space I think I'd take the gnarly old branches back lower (I'm of the kill-or-cure school of pruning sometimes, but Buddleia is very forgiving). Something like this:
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
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