How closely can I prune a leggy hydrangea without dire consequences?

Hello, How closely can I prune a leggy hydrangea without dire consequences? No pruning for two or more years. Do not care if it does not bloom this year.Thank you,Jiki Zone 9A Btwn Eureka and Kneeland, CA

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You can prune a hydrangea to within a couple inches of the ground without causing it permanent harm. Such a severe pruning will remove this year's flowers, but the shrub should grow back strongly and bloom again next year.

Answered by DSchrock

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