Abelias & Spireas, Cont...
When the shrubs reach their desired height, the branches will begin to
arch out, thicken-up and set more flower buds. If you choose this
method, be sure to prepare you customers or neighbors, and do it in the
spring to lessen the chances of killing your shrubs. It looks all the
world like plant butchery. But I guess I think of it as surgery --- a
calculated risk to save the plant. In truth, I doubt that you will
kill anything, although one of the office workers may suffer a
Properly pruned shrubs look natural when they are done, and the new growth
is likely to match the old (not straight up wild shoots). There is
always something green inside if you have to reduce the shrub.