Willow help

katisu(5 Indy)July 29, 2014

We have a gorgeous willow tree in our new yard. I don't know what type of willow it is, but the one side and the underneath look dead. It even lost a very large branch on that side. Is this normal? Is there anything we can do? What is the proper way to remove the dead branches?

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katisu(5 Indy)

Here is the other side, so you can see it is healthy-looking.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 8:02PM
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katisu(5 Indy)

Do willow trees split? I just realized that it looks like there are two trees right next to each other at the base of the trunk. Could it be two? Or do they look like that?

    Bookmark   August 2, 2014 at 9:36AM
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It's a 'corkscrew' or contorted willow.
That's what they do...rapid growth, then unsightly die-back.
I have a couple here that look not unlike that.
IMO, they're best as a coppiced specimen - whacked back to ground level every 2-3 years, fostering regrowth of multiple vigorous contorted shoots.
Left to grow to 'tree' status, you end up with an ugly thing with extensive areas of dead limbs.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2014 at 12:14PM
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katisu(5 Indy)

Ok, thank you! I love it too much to chop it down, but I'm definitely going to remove the dead parts. Good to know it's fairly normal and that it's not just dying.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2014 at 12:28PM
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