The Q&A Archives: Pruning

Question: How do we prune our dappled willow shrubs(?) The tag says to let them grow naturally, but ours are going crazy, all over the place! Do we trim them like the tag shows? We bought the willows at Home Depot last summer.

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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