Help! Spring Coppicing of Cotinus--Long Gangly Whips?!
A friend of mine just asked me the following. I confess that I too have had this experience:
"I pruned by cotinus grace bushes within a foot of the ground in spring. Now I have long green/purple growth that is quite spindly, not that tight dark purple that I love. What happened?"
Is it crowded/not enough sun? Should the whips be cut back by half when they get 2' long or so(to force fuller growth)? Should it be cut to the ground rather than 12"?
Sorry if my memory fails, but i remember a GWer from MI?WI? posting photos of his royal ppl cotinus cut at ground level and filling out beautifully after that.
thanks for your help.