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Pruning a large cotoneaster

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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,303
    I'd agree there's a lonicera nitida or pileata in that first pic.
    It could well be that one @AnniD. I personally just hack back if needed, regardless of type. I don't take prisoners ;)

    If the 'hedge' is a mix of those - ie cotoneaster and lonicera, you won't have a problem getting stuck in  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    Forgive my ignorance on this. We have a large cotoneaster that is expanding across our drive over the years that probably measures at least 6 feet deep to the wall it sits against. If I trim it right back by at least 3 feet will it survive? I realise that I will be removing all the foliage back into just all small branches but will that regenerate?
    They stay nicer for longer if you trim them regularly, cutting back hard a large one may take a while before it doesn’t look like bare wood.

    That said I hacking mine back severely next weekend. They should recover well. :smile: 
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