Pruning - Knowledgebase Question

Tonawanda, Ne
Question by tmitchell77
May 1, 2009
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 from NGA
May 1, 2009


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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