The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

Kent, United Kingdom Gb

can i prune my escallonia gold ellen back hard as there is only top growth and bare branches below. its spread is approx 4ftx 4ft.



I would do it gradually over a few years..If you cut it back too hard into the wood it may not recover...I moved mine a couple of years ago and cut the lower branches off. I planted a couple of smaller shrubs in front to hide the knows...except me!!

28 Feb, 2010


Yes, I agree with Alice, there was one in the garden when we moved here and I pruned it didn't recover. I have a small one now which has been damaged by the cold weather, but I will lightly trim it in a few weeks time.

28 Feb, 2010


My experience is different from yours Janey - I cut back a 12 feet high and wide specimen 2 years ago in summer down to 5 x 5 feet, and it was fine. I suspect it's when you do it that counts - if you want to be radical with the pruning, don't do it till early June, but make sure you do it before July.

1 Mar, 2010


That's good to know Bamboo......they are such a beautiful shrub...shall leave it till June..........

3 Mar, 2010

How do I say thanks?

Answer question


Not found an answer?