Pruning an elderly CHOISYA (Mexican Orange/Mock Orange)
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Having moved to Lincolnshire 18 months ago I have inherited a rather elderly CHOISYA. It has been hit rather badly by our last winter which was very severe. It has not been pruned very well in the past and has very leggy/woody stems. In fact it leans out in one direction about about 3 feet and is bare at the back. I am wondering whether this will ever recover. I am a bit of a "pruner" and would be tempted to cut this back quite severely (by about a half to two-thirds) and hope that it survives. Would this be wise? Does anyone have any alternative suggestions and do you think it will recover?
- 22 Mar, 2011