I've got a Pieris that's overgrown, about 2m high with bare stems for the first 1.5 mts. As usual, the client doesn't want to lose it, but wants a shrub no more than 1-1.2m high.
Has anyone taken one back that hard? Obviously wait for warmer weather, mulch and feed etc., but is it going to re-grow from bare stems? It's very healthy, just healthy in the wrong place!
Yes it will happily regrow, ive cut forest flames right down to the stump and they have regrown fine, just tell your client it may take a year or two before it looks good again.
I agree with Chris's comments from earlier, with all the right care it will re-grow and give the client a better shrub, full of vigour at the base which is what you want it to look like, you can apply this to most tough woody shrubs.
Great question. I have always been abit cautious but after reading the answers think I will be cutting a few back on the maintenance round now.
Thanks, makes me feel a little more confident! I always think that in these situations you need to advise "you don't like the plant as it is so we have to prune it. I might kill it, despite doing everything I can to give it the best chancef. If it recovers, we're all winners. If it dies you're no worse off".