what to do with unfortunate cotinus?
I have a Cotinus coggygria in the garden - it's been growing there 2 years.
It was trained to a standard when I got it, about 2' tall. The first year i pruned it I was told to remove 1/2 of the length and the result was unattractive long, whippy stems all over the place. Ugh!
I would prefer it to grow as a shrub, not a standard shape. Can I cut the main trunk to the ground almost and hope it comes back? One or two smaller sticks are coming from the base now.
If so, how short should I take it?
If not, how should I prune it?