Afterwards, all other shoots around the crown are pruned to roughly one third.
pruning a standard form salix integra hakuro–nishiki Cut the head of the shrub back by half in a globe shape. Check the main stem below the head and prune away completely any growth from it. Fast-growing willow. Tolerates wet soils. Better variegation if pruned back to" every year. New foliage emerges pink in spring, maturing to variegated shades of pink, creamy white and green.
Narrow, lance-shaped leaves (to 4” long) are particularly attractive in spring to early summer but gradually fade to mostly green as summer progresses. PRUNING A STANDARD FORM SALIX INTEGRA HAKURO-NISHIKI When growing Salix integra 'Hakuro-nishiki' in a standard form, you will have a clear stem of 60cm / 2ft or more and the top will be stems and foliage. For the first, second and third prunings follow the same rules as for the shrub form but try to prune the stems to a globe shape. The"Hakuro-nishiki" willow (Salix integra"Hakuro Nishiki"), also known as the dappled willow, lights up a sunny corner of your yard.
Dappled willows thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant Author: Teo Spengler. pruning a bush form salix integra hakuro-nishiki Early spring, at the beginning of March, is the best time to prune. Assuming you plant the shrub in autumn, don't prune in the following spring, wait until the spring after that (roughly 18 months after planting) to allow it to establish a good root and branch system.