Bought the house last year, this tree probably hadn't been pruned in a long long time. It looks like all the branches inside are really tight and there are little sticks all over the place. Lots of leaves on this tree, probably more than I would like. When this thing bloomed flowers a few weeks ago it was out of control crap all in my pool. So I started cutting it back thinking I could strip it down to look like the trees I see in the Midwest during the winter (no leaves, cut all the little branches off the big ones too) and then I realized I didn't know what I am doing.
So can you tell me how or if I can trim this tree way down? I would love to prune it down and leave just the big thick branches, nothing close to touching each other , plenty of room (like I might do to an apple tree) and then let it bloom in the spring. Is that a wise thing to do?
Here are some obnoxious big photos to give you an idea of what I am dealing with. Thank you!!!!
FIRST FOUR PHOTOS ARE TAKEN TODAY. LAST PHOTO SHOWS IT DURING THE FLOWER STAGE. I TRIMMED THE LOWER BRANCHES SINCE THEN!
Click each photo to bring up the big version.