Rhus typhina - how much to prune?
We have inherited a couple of rhus in the front garden which are attractive but now very 'leggy', so we want to reduce them ideally so that they recover to 5 feet or so. They are currently about 10-12 feet high, same spread, main stems 2-3 inches diameter.
The gardening books are conflicting - one says prune to ground in February-April, the other says prune to 1 foot from the ground in February. We are wary because an adjacent previously pruned-to-the ground stump appears dead!
We don't want to kill ours, we appreciate that pruning may increase suckering. Once cut back, how quickly do they grow back? Any advice welcomed!
On plant Rhus
- 10 Feb, 2010