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I have two red Weiglia shrubs. They are about 10/12 years old now and some of the old wood is very gnarly and doesn't produce new stems well. I realize they like to have their oldest branches cut all the way down and then new stems take their place. Well, I confess. I got behind on pruning them. I heard you can "refresh" old shrubs by cutting them back almost to the ground. I've seen this done on holly and even boxwood. These two shrubs have many, many long stems so they are very difficult to reach into with a large pruning shears or a saw and cut them back. I'm wondering if next spring I can just cut ALL the stems back, say within a foot of the ground. These Weiglea shrubs have always sent up fresh shoots from the base. What do you think about pruning them that far down? Is it safe or unsafe?
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Yes you absolutely can rejuvenate this shrub by cutting it to the ground in late winter or early spring. It will put up lots of new stems but keep only the sturdiest ones and prune out the weak and spindly stems.