OK, I need your help ... you good with that? Nice.
I am obsessed with my Salix 'Hakuro Nishiki'. I had originally purchased this shrub as a tiny little thing about two years ago. Well, she has grown up significantly this past year:
I am fascinated by the coloration on the leaves and stems and might have taken over 100 photos of this shrub since April.
Here is how it looks currently:
In the beginning of June:
Back in early May:
And in the middle of April:
- The pink leaf color has diminished as the seasons progressed and the temps became warmer.
- The stem color started out much more red and is now more of an orange/brown color.
Ideally, I want to keep this willow in the 4-5 foot range and will need to prune it annually in order to do so.
And I'm OK with that.
But I would still love to get your feedback on what you've experienced with this shrub in the past. So here are my questions:
- Will early spring pruning keep it in that 4-5 foot range?
- Will the regular pruning allow for redder stems each winter?
- Will the regular pruning aid in keeping the pink leaf color?
- Does the pruning impact the creation of catkins in any way? I've yet to see any on my Salix.
- How does she hold up long term? Does regular pruning prolong their beauty over the years.