Pruning a Nishiki Willow - Knowledgebase Question

Mount Laurel, Ne
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Question by catlvr231
August 10, 2010
My nishiki willow is getting too big for where I planted it. I've already pruned it twice this season by cutting 1/3 of the branches to the base, but it just keeps growing. Can I shear it into shape?

Answer from NGA
August 10, 2010
You can shear your Nishiki willow to keep it under control. You can also reach down into the center of the shrub and completely remove some of the oldest stems, right at ground level. I generally prune mine so the branches are random lengths rather than shearing the entire plant. I think Nishiki willow looks best when it has a natural fountain shape - but it's your shrub and your landscape so prune yours as you see fit. Enjoy your landscape!

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