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Pruning flamingo willow

michdebmichdeb Posts: 4

I've recently moved and amoungst the brambles in a very overgrown garden discovered a standard flamingo willow. It has the beautiful white/pink tips but the rest of the branches are bare. If I prune it hard will it stimulate new growth as other willows, or is this not a good idea?

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  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,900

    Bit late now, but as long as the branches are alive pruning back should stimulate new growth nearer to the trunk. You will probably lose the catkins, but it is not really grown for that. Try feeding it after pruning as well, with a high nitrogen fertiliser to stimulate leaf growth.

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