Update on pruning Ninebark ‘Diablo’

Six weeks ago I had written a post that had me wondering aloud as to how I would prune my Ninebark ‘Diablo’. After many sleepless nights and hours upon hours of research, I finally made a decision.

Here she is in current state:

With the differing branch colors indicating older versus newer “wood”:

And then we attacked with the pruners, and here is the end result:

I went with the “not too drastic” approach as I cut out about 1/3 of the older wood at the base of the shrub hoping to keep it in bounds along my foundation without losing all of the blooms and the subsequent seedheads.

In a perfect world, I prefer to let my shrubs grow as they will without any interference. But I have had this particular Ninebark for five years now and it has been chowed to the ground numerous times by the deer. Now that it is hidden along my foundation planting, I am keeping it here for good and will do my best to maintain the appropriate size.

More photos to come in the near future as she begins to leave out and hopefully the shape will remain appealing after the haircut it has been given.

UPDATE: For even more info on this shrub, check out the update here from fall 2014.

6 thoughts on “Update on pruning Ninebark ‘Diablo’

  1. Sarah O.

    I have been pondering my ninebark and thinking my way through a pruning as well. I like the arch of the oldest branches the most, but I know that technically I’m supposed to encourage the newer growth, except, it’s just so upright, and it reminds me of those long leggy flower-less forsythia branches that drive me nuts.

  2. kimberlyfawn

    Mine is 8-9′ but out in the yard. Interestingly now it’s too tall to be of more than leaf browsing at the lower level which is great because I grow weary of constantly spraying it w/ that stinky deer spray,lol!

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