To get the most of your euonymus, follow our handy guide!
If you want a fantastic evergreen shrub that offers you variegated foliage throughout the year, then you’ve probably opted for some variety of euonymus. These delightful plants come in a huge range of shapes and sizes, so you can fit it to whatever space you have. Pruning isn’t always a necessity, but in fast growing and mature specimens some light seasonal cut backs can be advisable.
The best time to cut your euonymus is during the late winter and early spring when it is dormant. These plants are normally grown for their bright and vivid new leaves, so if you prune them during the growing season, you’ll lose one of these plants’ best features.
You only need to shape your plant so decide which branches you want or need to cut before you actually begin cutting!
If you're growing shrubby varieties, you may want to cut back last year's growth. Simply remove stems and leaves back to new shoots until you've achieved your desired shape.
Plant maintenance is important too and you should remove old, dead and diseased branches. Shoots that are growing towards the centre of a plant should also be taken out to promote outwards growth.
Take each stem in your hand and trace back to a healthy looking bud, side shoot or leaf. Using sharp secateurs, cut cleanly through the stem just above the healthy growth.
Continue the process until you've reduced your euonymus to your desired shape.