Salix integra ï¿½Hakuro Nishikiï¿½ dwarf tree
I have a Salix integra Ã¯Â¿Â½Hakuro NishikiÃ¯Â¿Â½ dwarf willow tree and have a question on pruning it. I prune it every year and usually it is very full and looks very healthy...this year not so much. When I have pruned it in the past I never went too far into the center where the bigger branches are, but prune it well along the outer part. Each year I found myself trimming farther and farther away from the center due to the center branches becoming so large and I was afraid if I would cut too far into the bigger branches the tree would not produce new growth in spring.
I took some pics and well as you can see the center branches are very large and it was really stringy this yr.( not normal) I have begun to prune this yr. and was wondering how far in I can safely prune without doing damage and have a full tree next yr.? The biggest branches are probably around 2 inches in diameter.