How to prune cor­nus

Amateur Gardening - - Tried & Tested -

■ Young stems give the best show of colours and an an­nual prun­ing re­places them reg­u­larly. Wait un­til late Fe­bru­ary or March just as buds be­gin to break.

■ Cut down all of last year’s stems leav­ing be­hind just a short spur hold­ing one or two growth buds.

■ Al­ter­na­tively, and best for weaker-stemmed plants, re­move around one third of the stems ev­ery year so there is more branch­ing but no stems older than three years.

■ Cor­nus will spread by suck­er­ing, es­pe­cially in clay soils. While prun­ing, dig out un­wanted sec­tions.

Prune last year’s stems so the whole plant is ‘stooled’ and re­duced to a stump

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