How to Prune a Chindo Viburnum


The Chindo viburnum is an evergreen shrub variety that produces white flowers in the spring months. In the fall months, the flowers are replaced by red berries that are similar to those produced by holly bushes. The leaves also change from a dark green to red or purple. The Chindo viburnum is a fast-growing shrub that can add 1 to 2 feet of height per year. Pruning Chindo viburnum is important to keep the plant manageable.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Wait to prune the Chindo viburnum shrub until late winter or early spring just before new growth starts to appear.

  • Examine the Chindo viburnum shrub and look for areas of missing foliage and bare limbs. Trace the bare limbs back to the base of the shrub and prune them off using pruning shears or loppers.

  • Look for branches that are growing across another branch or rubbing against another stem. Prune these limbs off approximately 1/2 inch from the main trunk.

  • Determine if the current height of the Chindo viburnum is too high. If you want to keep the plant a manageable height, prune 6 to 12 inches off the tallest shoots using the pruning shears. This is only required for aesthetic purposes, as the height does not impact the health or growth rate of the shrub.

  • Wait until the Chindo viburnum is at least 4 to 5 years old and prune it heavily by cutting off 1/3 of the tallest and oldest stems near the base of the plant.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also grow the Chindo viburnum from a single trunk, like a small tree. Select the largest stem growing from the ground and prune off all the remaining stems at ground level. Keep pruning the side branches back to the ground when they attempt to regrow.
  • Prune diseased limbs off the Chindo viburnum throughout the year as they occur.

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