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Old 05-07-2019, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Central Illinois -
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I'm really wanting my hybrid willows to look like this:

Right now they are very spindly and very tall, not at all dense (totally see thru) so should I top these off and trim down the tall shoots to make these more bushy and dense? Thanks.
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Old 05-07-2019, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I'm really wanting my hybrid willows to look like this:

Right now they are very spindly and very tall, not at all dense (totally see thru) so should I top these off and trim down the tall shoots to make these more bushy and dense? Thanks.
Well, since the whole point of hybrid willows is that they are extremely fast growers, I'd say that you have exactly what they're bred for. Topping them will only result in damaging them; it will not make them denser.
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Old 05-07-2019, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Reminds me of what was called a swedish Willow my parents had. I thought it was pretty but they cut it down after about 10 years or less because it was starting to get too big and shading yard too much. They started it with a couple of sticks they got from someone who had one.
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Old 05-08-2019, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Central Illinois -
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Well, since the whole point of hybrid willows is that they are extremely fast growers, I'd say that you have exactly what they're bred for. Topping them will only result in damaging them; it will not make them denser.
I’m not sure I agree with you, but I appreciate your comments.
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Old 05-08-2019, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Central Illinois -
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Reminds me of what was called a swedish Willow my parents had. I thought it was pretty but they cut it down after about 10 years or less because it was starting to get too big and shading yard too much. They started it with a couple of sticks they got from someone who had one.
Yes these are famous for growing new trees from the clippings of existing ones.
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