Pruning (or worse) a Myrtle Communis
I hope someone can help with my problem. I have just bought a 200 year old house, called Myrtle Cottage. Its had this name for while (carved on the gatepost) and known as such in local history records going back to the mid 1840s at least.
It has a large (approx 15 foot tall by 10 feet wide) Myrtle Communis by the front door which is obviously thriving (sheltered south facing position), but its just too large and blocking light into the front dining room window and I would like to reduce its size, whilst not killing it or making it look terribly ugly.
I don't know how long Myrtle's may live, but I'm sensitive to the fact that it may be the original Myrtle after which the cottage is named, and would prefer not to remove it. Would it manage a fairly serious prune/cut back? Without wanting to incur the wrath of the local history community I would be happy to remove it and plant another smaller one in its place if it was the only answer.
Any thoughts welcome.