Smoke tree pruning
We have a smoke tree in the front yard. It is within about 20 feet of a large maple which unfortunately, provides some shade on one side. This causes the tree to bend towards the light making it somewhat unattractive.
In addition, the smoke tree gets taller than we would like. So the last 2 seasons in early spring, we pruned the smoke tree way down. Of course the years that you prune it, it does not produce the flowers, but so be it.
The problem is that last year we trimmed it way down and it still grew to over 6 feet. It looks better at around 4 or 5 feet.
So now we are back in the same situation, despite having pruned it just last year. I.E, it will not produce flowers if we prune it but if we don't, it gets ungainly and due to the nearby maple tree, with an unsightly lean.