Deciduous Dogwood (Cornus Capitata)
I have two of these trees in my garden and despite all the beautiful pictures I have seen on the web mine look nothing like this. They are tall (approx. 10M) and very leggy with limited foliage only appearing on the highest branches. There is not a single lateral branch on the trunk below 6 metres. The previous owners haven't looked after them and they have probably been starved of water & have been planted in a shady position - hence their leggy nature. Aside from creating more light I want to know if I can hard prune these back in the winter to approx. 6M or 2/3.Its fairly drastic but otherwise the trees have no shape and sparce foliage.