Pussy Willow Trees
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Pruning / shaping a Weeping Pussy Willow

Zone Glen Dale, WV | Anonymous added on May 16, 2019 | Answered

This is the third summer for our tree. As you can see from the photo, one side is full and the other is very skimpy. Is there any way for me to prune to get this tree to grow in a more balanced way going forward.

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on May 16, 2019

Thin out main branches to open the plant up
Remove some of the smaller branches which are growing upwards. If you don’t want it to grow any taller, then remove all branches growing upward. This plant will slowly get taller if you leave some.
Remove some of the branches which grow laterally off the main branches. This branching tends to occur on the bottom half of the branches.
In all of the previous steps, be sure to take the branches you’re pruning off all the way back to a main branch. Otherwise, you’ll gets more lateral growth than you want.
Prune the branches up off the ground. Even though this causes lateral branching.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/pussy-willow/weeping-pussy-willow-care.htm

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