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I have normally cut the hedge back after flowering in June/July. Since the last cut a lot of bare woody growth has been left visible low on the sides with green growth only on the top. I wouldn't want to lose the hedge as its flowering is beautiful. I am wondering whether or not I can cut it right back now. Would this encourage new growth before summer and flowering?

I look forward to hearing your advice.

Richard Jones

pruning of hebe odora (05/04/2011)pruning of hebe odora (05/04/2011)

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  • Posted: Tue. 5th April 2011 14:11

Re: pruning of hebe odora

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Richard,
As a general rule, most Hebes are relatively short-lived so if you have had yours for quite some time, they might just be on their way out. If they are fairly young, it could be that they have been cut back too much as of late - hebes don't tend to regenerate from old wood. Final thought is if you live in a cold area, this past winter could have been too much for them - H. odora is not fully hardy and can't tolerate waterlogged soil.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Tue. 5th April 2011 18:59