I just finished my final grooming of the year for this espalier cotoneaster and a tea olive. With the cotoneaster, I make careful cuts with my trusty Felco bypass pruners. I removed the long, soft shoots where they branched off the main, trained branches.
For the tea olive, I got ham-handed. I use some super sharp shears, and quickly shape this shrub back to a 5 foot “gum drop” from a 7 foot troll doll. It only took minutes, and I made crude, heading cuts that I would never have made on my cotoneaster.
Two shrubs with different growth habits; two entirely different approaches to maintenance.