After our 5-6" of snow today, the daphne odora near the front porch was leaning heavily and reminded me that it was due for a trim soon. I've been procrastinating because of a bit of confusion raised by the normally clear and trustworthy Southern Living Garden Book. Here's what it has to say about daphne pruning:
"Daphne pruning? It's special.
Correct the shape of a Daphne odora by cutting late-winter flower clusters to wear as corsages or for indoor display. Make cuts to outfacing buds to promote spreading, to infacing ones to promote upward growth. Cut stems of deciduous kinds for bouquets when they are in bud."
I need to prune an overly long branch and would like to promote spreading...do I only cut the bloom clusters, or prune the branch like any other shrub as well?