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Name: Marilynne Stephenson
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada (Zone 3a)
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MarilynneS
Mar 23, 2016 1:38 PM CST
Hi
My very nicely pruned and shaped Arctic Willow has been 'dented' by a heavy snowfall.
Anyone have any idea if I would be going wrong if I gave it a HARD pruning ? As in took it right down ..

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Name: Alyssa Blue
Ohio (Zone 5b)
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AlyssaBlue
Mar 23, 2016 2:24 PM CST
It should pop back up when everything dries. Their stems are so long they get top heavy with rain. They form a nice "fence", don't they?
Name: Marilynne Stephenson
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MarilynneS
Mar 23, 2016 4:16 PM CST
Absolutely gorgeous .. will try for a pic this weekend ..
These are quite tromped down as the snow was so HEAVY ..

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Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Mar 24, 2016 7:45 AM CST
Yes, it is likely they are just bent over and not broken. But they will resprout easily, even if you cut back severely.
Name: Marilynne Stephenson
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MarilynneS
Mar 24, 2016 2:23 PM CST
As I said, I am going to try for a pic this weekend, have to get through some snow to do it .. am hoping there will be some melting today and tomorrow.

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Name: Alyssa Blue
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AlyssaBlue
Mar 24, 2016 3:32 PM CST
Oh, I misread your original post, I thought it was rain not snow. Still, it should be ok.

Just a note, I hard pruned one of my arctic willow because of where it was positioned in the yard, and it grew very dense and thick and very tall. It wasn't as wispy as prior to pruning. That can be a plus or a minus depending on what you are trying to do with it.

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