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Basically, you can leave a daphne all to itself. If you have enough space at the location in the garden, you only need to use pruning shears if you want to rejuvenate it. However, regular pruning is advisable for a rich flowering.

A pruning stimulates the daphne to more flowering

Reasons to cut the Daphne

  • keep the shrub in shape
  • stimulate flower growth
  • Rejuvenate Daphne
  • Remove diseased shoots

Always wear gloves when cutting, as toxins enter the body just by touching the bark of the daphne!

Shape daphne bushes

The daphne is one of the low ornamental shrubs. Rarely will it grow beyond 1.50 meters. It also stays quite narrow, so it only needs to be trimmed if you don't want it to grow to full size.

Trim the daphne to shape after flowering and again in the fall. You should only shorten it a little each time.

Daphne does not tolerate very severe pruning or cutting back to the stick and, in the worst case, dies.

The best time to cut Daphne

The flowers and later the fruits of the daphne develop on the tips of the previous year's shoots. If you refrain from pruning, the flowers will "wander" further and further outwards and the shrub will no longer look as decorative during the flowering period.

In order to stimulate a dense bloom, you should cut back immediately after the flowering period. Shorten all shoots by about a third. New side shoots develop at the cutting points, which will bear flowers next spring.

However, by pruning, you remove the unfortunately poisonous bright red fruit, which is a good food source for ten species of birds.

Rejuvenate daphne by pruning

To keep the shrubs nice and dense and not overage, cut old branches as low as possible above the ground once a year or every two to three years.

At the interfaces, the daphne will sprout again and branch out vigorously.


Silk bast is characterized by being particularly easy to care for. In addition, the shrub copes with almost any soil and is resistant to most diseases and pests.

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