Timming Back Pussy Willow Bushes

mary_maxAugust 21, 2013

Would it be okay to stool or cut back my pussy willow bushes in the fall? I know I will not have the pussy willows in the spring (I don't mind this). Where these bushes are they look so much better stooled throughout the wintertime. I have stooled them many times before but only in late winter/early spring. If this is not a good idea to do this procedure in autumn for please advise . I want to do what is best for the bushes. Thanks in advance.

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Since the point of the thing is the black catkins I can't see the point in preventing those from being produced. But it seems pretty unlikely that they won't sprout again later from stumps created in fall.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 1:36AM
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florauk(8/9)

Since the catkins form on new wood it would be sensible to coppice after flowering. Then you wouldn't lose next years crop of bloom but you'd still be restricting the tree's growth and achieving a neat bush for the winter. They are vigorous enough to take it, or you could cut back by half or a third as a compromise.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 5:59AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

I wouldn't cut a willow back part way, as you get a hydra effect.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 1:37PM
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florauk(8/9)

I meant half or a third of the number of branches completely to the ground, not half to a third of the length of the branches. Sorry if I wasn't clear.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 5:34PM
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