Hard pruning camellias
Camellias, unlike many other shrubs, will be absolutely fine even when they’re pruned back too hard.
Even large shrubs can be pruned back to a couple of feet (60cm) and new growth will shoot out from the old wood.
If you’re opting for a hard prune, this is best done in spring when the threat of hard frost has passed and they’ll have the whole summer to really thrive.
If needed, however, camellias can be pruned back at any time of the year – but remember you could be giving up next year’s flowers if done at the wrong time.