Cut older branches back to the growth nodes.
Sep 21, Encourage new growth and a fuller canopy by Heading Back pruning. Remove selected branches by cutting just above the node of a bud, identified by a set of leaves, at a degree angle. Dec 17, Cut back dead or diseased branches any time they appear. Cut branches on Annabelles back to between 4 and 10 inches tall each year. Pruning closer to.