The peachleaf willow is a hardy and quick-growing deciduous tree with silver branches. Originally used for making drums, mats and meat-drying racks, peachleaf willow is used today to make baskets and outdoor furniture. Peachleaf willow is found growing along the banks of ponds, streams, roadside gullies, and prairies. It is a medium-sized tree that can grow up to 10 feet in height. Peachleaf willow blooms in May and will produce fruit in June.
Prune the peachleaf willow in the later summer and early fall after the tree has bloomed. This will stimulate more growth for the following season.
Trim the top of the peachleaf willow using pruning shears and remove the terminal bud, which is the main area of growth. Remove all side branches except the top branches. The will create one strong upper branch and encourage the willow to grow tall and straight.
Prune a broken branch by removing the entire branch. Remove all dead or diseased branches with pruning shears.
For young peachleaf willows, prune to one central stem, keeping one or two branches on either side of the willow plant. This will send nourishment to to the rest of the plant.