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Q.Can We Prune Our Hakuro Nishiki Willow This Fall?

Zone 48346 | Anonymous added on September 26, 2021 | Answered

We planted the tree in 2018 and have failed to prune it in the recommended periods of late winter early spring. We live in Michigan.

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Answered on October 4, 2021

I would not suggest pruning your dappled willow at this time of year in Michigan. If it remains warm, the plant may push new growth that cannot be hardened off before winter and will subsequently be damaged. I would definitely recommend pruning early in the spring and then again after it's first flush of new growth to keep the plant in check. Also, be sure to fertilize as the foliage displays the best pinkish tint with a nutrient rich soil.

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