Answer: The most colorful foliage is on the newest growth so you'll want to prune in the spring to encourage lots of new growth. Start in the spring, pruning to remove winter damage and to encourage branching and bushiness from the base. You may also need to prune periodically during the season to keep it small. To avoid a sheared effect, trim individual older branches off near the base to thin the plant, and then trim longer tips off individually by reaching deeper inside the shrub. Enjoy your Salix integra 'Hakura Nishiki'.
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