Posted: 03/05/2016 at 12:23
Debbie, you will get mixed responses to this
photinias like to grow tall...get leggy. If you don't prune it it will continue to shed leaves lower down.
I prune from small to just beyond the leaves after they turn green. This way the bush is kept covered earlier. In your case I would prune it hard....it is often grown as a hedge after all. No, never cut it to the ground....it will be interesting to hear from anyone who has, satisfactorily, done this. Not worked for me.
prune it half way Debbie,,so not into the thickest wood. Then a feed and a mulch