- If pruning for aesthetic reasons, the best time is in the spring once the growing season is about to occur.
- Trim dead or damaged branches.
- Never cut off all branches that have foliage because this can kill the plant. Cut each branch back to a strong lateral branch or shoot. Make sure all cuts are made at a point where there’s still green foliage and visible buds.
- Avoid pruning in the late summer and fall.
- Never remove more than 1/3 of the overall branches.