Salix Mount Aso pruning query

I just got a Salix gracilistyla ‘Mount Aso’, which I Intend to plant out later, in the autumn.

I will let it grow and get its “feet” in for the next year, but I am curious how I should prune it in the future to maximise new shoots and more of the pink “pussy willow” catkins. Anything special I should do / not do?

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From what I know of it, you hard prune every few years just before it comes into growth in spring. Cutting everything right down to the base, or higher up the stem if you want it to be taller. Essentially coppicing or pollarding it.

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Thank you! That is what I was hoping, as I would like to keep it a manageable size (and full of pink fluffies! :wink:)

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Mind your Salix in the sun, I just baked my Salix Flamingo Hacuro Nishki last weeks sun. Leaf will be back but I had to remove dead stems half way up.

I also baked my standard Salix. I moved it round the back and it looks fantastic now.

I need to learn how to pruned it next year.

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Good to know! Thank you :open_mouth: