Viburnum Hedge Has Little Green Growth On Inside

Question From: R. Yanok - Davenport, Florida, United States
Q: We have a viburnum hedge that is about 15 years old. It is approximately 12' tall, and it looks very green on the outer limbs. However, there is very little green growth on the inside of the bushes. Should these be cut back to let them get bushy or is this the way they should look? If we should cut it back, how and when?

A: Your hedge sounds like it need refurbishing. Viburnums can be cut back hard and will regrow from the base of the plant. When to do it in Florida - that I can't tell you - I dig in Michigan. Take photos of your hedge to a local independent garden center or nursery for advice or contact your county extension agent. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy