How to Prune Shining Willow


The shining willow is a hardy shrub with gray branches. Originally used for making stirrups, tipi pegs, and meat-drying racks, shining willow is used today for basketweaving. Shining willow is found growing along swamps, wet meadows and shores. It is a tall shrub that can grow up to 13 feet in height.

Step 1

Prune the shining willow in early fall after the shrub has bloomed. This will stimulate more growth for the following growing season.

Step 2

Cut the top of the shining willow using pruning shears, and prune the terminal bud, which is located on the top end of the stem and is the main area of growth. Prune all side branches except for the top two branches. The goal is to produce one strong straight stem and to encourage the willow to grow tall.

Step 3

Prune a broken stem by removing the entire stem. Remove all diseases or dead branches with pruning shears to avoid any abnormal growth in the future.

Step 4

For young shining willows, prune to one central stem, keeping one or two branches on either side of the willow plant. This will free up nutrients for the rest of the willow.

Things You'll Need

  • Shining willow
  • Pruning shears


  • Shining Willow Plant Guide: USDA
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Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.