Pruning Smoke Trees
I've read that smoke tree/bushes can be pruned almost to the ground during dormancy. The second photo, although hard to see, may suggest that this tree was pruned to that extent or there was an attempt to kill it --- with the previous owners, it's hard to know their intentions. I'm the new owner and did nothing to this tree since discovering it tucked away behind the shrubs. Nonetheless, this year's branches are 'too' healthy and have grown and drooped into the nearby boxwoods, azaleas and flower beds. Come fall or whenever, how far back would you recommend I trim this? This part of the garden receives sun til about noon and then is in the shade of the house after that.