I live in central scotland and have a lovely cherry tree in my front garden which has become a bit top heavy with lots of wispy brittle branches plus one or two larger ones which need cut back and thinned out. Could I do it now or wait until after flowering? My thinking is that I can see the structure easier at present while there are no leaves on the tree.
Secondly, I have a pieris in a small pot on my patio which has been there for a number of years and is very healthy. However, a wayward branch is making the plant lop sided and I would like to cut it out. Can I do it now or as with the cherry tree, wait until after the spring?