Hibiscus, a woody shrub that can pruned earlier in mild conditions. Obviously, be sensible with how far down you prune. In removing dead, diseased and damaged branches – the plants energy can focus on fewer stems where emerging buds form. Don’t worry about it looking dead, it always looks like that. The buds are the same colour as the stems.

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