When it's planted with enough room to grow, Loropetalum is a wonderful shrub. Unfortunately, this almost never happens in my neighborhood. Down the street, they're poodled into little foot-wide shrublets (sort of like random bonsai).
A friend has some that were planted several years ago when her whole front yard was redesigned. They are starting to engulf everything around them. I told her the best thing is to take them out, because no room was allotted for them. She doesn't want to do that. So I offered to prune them, because I know if her yard guys do it, they'll probably look ugly (and I'll have to look at them every day). But they're only a foot or two high, and 6 to 8 feet wide, and I'm wondering if it's an impossible task.
Has anyone seen examples of well-pruned loropetalum that were planted in too-small spaces?