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Recently moved to a new house and found two shrubs badly neglected as the suckers have never been pruned and the shrub has large side branches with no variegation at all. If I saw the limbs off can I save the shrub or will I kill it?

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,339

    Not unusual for it to do this.

    Cut off the non variegated branches.

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,618

    Then give it a feed to encourage strong new growth and remove any that isn't variegated a sthis is much more vigorous and will deprive the more ornamental stems of nutrients and energy.

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