The Q&A Archives: Pruning

Question: I just purchased 5 giant pussy willow bushes and want to know the best time of year to prune them for i do not want them to get to large. THDB2363

Answer: Salix chaenomeloides, the giant pussywillow, grows 20' high and 15' wide. While you can prune them back after the catkins appear in the spring, you should only cut back about a third of the plant. Pruning back more might compromise its health. So if you have a small space you may want to rethink planting giant pussywillows there.

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