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Pruning a Salix Flamingo

staffsmagsstaffsmags Posts: 230

Is it to late in year to prune a Salix Flamingo ( hakuro nishiki).  I've looked at a couple of websites and they say Mar-Apl, after last frosts. Well, here in Staffordshire we are only just clear of the time for frosts, although it is several weeks since we actually had one.  Many thanks, Mags


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,819

    Sounds like the right time to me.

    Anyone else got a view?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • staffsmagsstaffsmags Posts: 230

    thanks Dove.  That's the answer I hoped to get! Mags

  • staffsmagsstaffsmags Posts: 230

    thanks to you both.  sorry for delay in reply - been away.  mags

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Mags it will need a trim or you won't get the lovely new colours.

  • staffsmagsstaffsmags Posts: 230

    Yes KEF, thanks you.  That's why I was asking about pruning it.  That reason, and it is getting too bit on one side. Mags

  • Can I trim my Salix it's grown really bushy and straggly 29th August.

  • staffsmagsstaffsmags Posts: 230

    I originally asked about pruning on behalf of my neighbour .  I can tell you that he seems trim bits off any time of the year to keep it in shape, and if he trims the tips regularly it will encourage new growth that are the bits that will colour up pink. They seem to be quite tough little trees.  Good luck with it. Mags

  • staffsmagsstaffsmags Posts: 230

    With further thought, you should probably not prune until spring.  If you prune it now it may encourage new growth which would possibly be too tender for the winter.  If you can bear to leave it - wait and do it about April.  I would do that here in Staffordshire, anyway.  Bye, Mags

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