Pruning Salix Integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’

I have been wanting to rip out the Salix Integra “Hakoro Nishiki’ for a while now. In fact this fall, my plan was  to take a chain saw to it. There would also be  a lot of work removing its roots which was a daunting task. Each year, I cut the shrub back two to three times taking off about 4’feet each time. It had become a blob and was taking over it’s allotted space. In early June (see first photo) the leaves are very white and I  find that jarring in relationship to rest of the garden. In mid July, the plant settles down & the leaves  turn a speckled pale yellow- off white.

By removing the lower branches I have made the shrub less dense and I like being able to now see through to other areas of the garden. I can also  let the plant grow much taller because it’s less dense.  I think it has more character with the lower branches exposed and I don’t have to face all of that work of removing it- at least for now!

Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’ before pruning

After removing lower branches

other side of shrub after pruning

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2 Responses to Pruning Salix Integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’

  1. cheryl says:

    looks great!!! my leaves are turning yellow and falling off . can you tell me why??

    • Don Statham says:

      Hi Cheryl
      Any time a plant is stressed- it will drop it’s leaves to conserve energy. Get the hose on it quick.
      It’s been very hot lately. I am guessing its newly planted. Willows like a wet spot!

      Best Don

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