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Fast Growth and Classic Grace
Why Weeping Willows?
Sweeping, low branches and a familiar, falling canopy. The Weeping Willow is a favorite among tree lovers for its dramatic appearance and rounded, weeping shape. Plus, it's perfect for those looking for character and classic looks, adding value to their property. The Weeping Willow is an excellent shade tree that's always in high demand.
And it's one of the fastest growing shade trees, growing up to 6 to 8 feet in one year. Willows start out thin, with only a few branches that point upward against the trunk. But after growing quickly to a height around 10 feet, they burst forth with more and more branches that arch outward, forming the weeping canopy that makes them famous.
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Though Weeping Willows are often found near rivers, lakes and wetlands, they can grow just about anywhere, even demonstrating some tolerance to drought. They're highly adaptable to all kinds of soils and growing conditions, even helping to prevent soil erosion.
It's known for its excellent green hues during the spring and summer and boasts virtually no tree litter. But the best part is we've planted, grown, and nurtured your Weeping Willow from day one...now, you reap the rewards of our hard work at the nursery.
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Planting & Care
1. Planting: Plant your Weeping Willow in full sun to partial shade (any area with about 4 to 8 hours of sunlight per day), select a site with well-drained soil, and space at least 35 feet from your septic system or leach field. When you're ready to plant, dig a hole three times the width and just as deep as the root ball on your tree. Place your tree in the hole, straighten it, gently back fill the soil and tamp it down. After this process is complete, give your tree a long drink of water until the soil becomes moist.
Spreading a layer of mulch that’s about three inches thick around the base of your tree will help the soil retain moisture and prevent weeds from growing.
2. Watering: You should regularly water your Weeping Willow for the first year to keep soil evenly moist (about once or twice weekly). Water your Willow only during dry periods in successive years. Although Weeping Willows prefer moist soil, they adapt easily to drier soil.
3. Fertilizing: Choose a brand that has equal parts of each chemical component, such as 10-10-10 or 20-20-20, or a similar product, for optimum results. Applying fertilizer that contains nitrogen produces greener, lusher plants, and accelerates growth. Fertilize in early spring, before new growth begins.
4. Pruning: Thinning the crown increases air circulation, which pushes wind through the tree and helps prevent disease. A good rule of thumb is to prune 2 inches between branches at the top of the tree during early spring, before new growth emerges.
Also, trim back any branches dragging the ground. And pinch or clip off nubs that grow from the trunk to maintain the classic Weeping shape. Broken branches, dead branches, or diseased wood can be removed year-round.
Are Weeping Willows fast-growing?
Yes, the entire willow family, including the Weeping Willow, are considered fast-growing and can put on multiple feet of growth in one year.
What does a Weeping Willow Tree symbolize?
The symbolism of the Weeping Willow changes depending on culture and beliefs, but most meanings revolve around the same concept, being that the branches represent growth and flexibility during life's challenging times.
Where should I plant a Weeping Willow Tree?
Weeping Willows do best in evenly moist soil, full sun and with room to grow away from structures.
How should I space my Weeping Willow Trees?
You can plant your Willow Trees every 10, 15 or 20 feet, depending on how tight you’d like to cluster your trees. They eventually reach a mature width of about 30 to 50 feet but cascade downwards, allowing you to plant closer clusters.
What size is best for me?
Weeping Willow Trees reach a mature height of about 30 to 50 feet after approximately 15 to 20 years. If you’d like a more immediate impact, we recommend ordering our larger sizes.
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How to Grow and Care for a Weeping Willow Tree
Vanessa Richins Myers
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Vanessa Richins Myers is a seasoned horticulturist, writer, and educator with over 10 years of training and experience as a professional horticulturist and gardener. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture, with an emphasis in landscape design and urban horticulture. She volunteers as a community garden specialist.
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Pests & Diseases
Frequently Asked Questions
The weeping willow (Salix babylonica) is probably the best known of the weeping trees, with gracefully arching stems that dangle delicately and shiver in the breeze. The leaves of this deciduous tree are lance-shaped and grow 3- to 6-inches long; they turn yellow in the fall before dropping. The weeping willow's bark is rough and gray, with long, deep ridges. When the tree blooms in late winter or spring, yellow catkins (flowers) appear.
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Weeping willows are fast-growing trees, adding up to 10 feet per year when young, but their average lifespan is a relatively short 30 years.
Plant your weeping willow in the fall to give the root system time to establish itself before the warmer weather.
|Common Name||Weeping willow|
|Botanical Name||Salix babylonica|
|Mature Size||35–50 ft. tall, 5–50 ft. wide|
|Soil pH||Acidic, neutral, alkaline|
|Bloom Time||Winter, spring|
|Hardiness Zones||4–10 (USDA)|
Weeping Willow Care
Because weeping willows can reach 50 feet in height and width, they need a wide swath of lawn or yard to stretch into. They work well in areas that are naturally quite moist, but they tend to shed a lot of leaves and twigs so avoid planting them where falling branches can cause damage or injury.
These trees also should not be planted near sewer drains, septic systems, or water lines: Their root systems are aggressive—sometimes stretching wider than the tree is tall. Not only do they seek out the nearest and most abundant source of water, but they are attracted to the nutrients in the soil around a septic system, as well as the oxygen in the drainage lines.
Full sun, or partial shade in the southern end of its hardiness range, is best for this tree. It needs at least four hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.
This tree is tolerant of a wide variety of well-draining soils and soil pH (4.5-8.0). Although it prefers moist, slightly acidic soil, it grows well in alkaline, loamy, rich, sandy, and clay soils. If your soil is too alkaline, add some organic matter to lower the pH.
Willows like standing water. Their long, far-reaching root systems can be helpful in clearing up puddle- and flood-prone areas of a landscape. They also like to grow near ponds, streams, and lakes.
Temperature and Humidity
Weeping willows have some drought tolerance and can handle the winter cold. The tree can also tolerate summer desert heat as long as greenery and water are not too far away.
A mature weeping willow does not require fertilizer if it is planted in rich soil and its leaves are a healthy green or nearby lawns are fertilized regularly. However, you can supply fertilizer to support lush growth.
Perform a soil test before adding any soil amendments, with the exception of slow release organic fertilizers, such as mulch.
Types of Weeping Willow
There are several excellent varieties of weeping willow, including:
- Golden weeping willow (S. alba 'Tristis') has green leaves that turn golden in fall, adding autumn interest.
- Wisconsin weeping willow (Salix x pendulina) is a hybrid that grows quickly to 30- to 40-feet tall and wide.
- Thurlow weeping willow (Salix x pendulina 'Elegantissima') is a pyramidal weeping willow with longer, pendulous branches.
While the tree is young, prune it so that there is only one central leader. It should also be trained to have wide branch crotches to help prevent breakage, as the tree is somewhat brittle and can be susceptible to wind damage. It is a good idea to prune a weeping willow in February or March, snipping back all its branches. This will trigger the sprouting of new branches and will give the tree more vigor.
Propagating Weeping Willows
Propagation of Salix babylonica is done through hardwood cuttings.
- Take cuttings from the base of a mature tree when the tree is dormant in the fall or winter, after the leaves have fallen in autumn and temperatures are consistently below 32 degrees Fahrenheit at night. The cuttings should be all hardwood with no soft tissue and at least 2 feet long.
- Make a straight cut at the base of the cutting below a bud, and a second, diagonal cut at around 9 inches, above a bud (you'll get two cuttings out of one piece).
- Place cuttings directly into the soil with the straight cut down, about 4 inches deep in the ground. Mark the location well. A more controlled way of rooting the cuttings is to plant them in pots filled with compost, also 4 inches deep. Dipping them in rooting hormone is optional, willow often roots on its own.
- Keep the soil evenly moist. You should see new shoots in the spring. Let the saplings develop strong roots for at least one growing season before transplanting.
Common Pests & Plant Diseases
Weeping willows can be struck by several pests, including the gypsy moth, aphids, and borers. These insects are difficult to control—especially on large trees—but targeted spraying with pesticide can help. Young weeping willows are also tempting to deer, elk, and rabbits; place a collar around young trees to protect them from wildlife.
This tree may be affected by several ailments and diseases, including willow scab, crown gall, willow blight, fungi, cankers, leaf spot, tar spot, powdery mildew, rust, and root rot. Symptoms include branch or twig dieback and defoliation, but in some cases, the disease can kill the tree. To minimize problems, provide adequate water to keep the tree healthy, since healthy trees are better able to fend off disease. Rake up and remove leaf litter promptly, to control the spreading of disease. If these methods do not work, fungicides might.
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SALIX BABYLONICA: WEEPING WILLOW. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
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16 reasons why it is worth growing willow - part 1
Steve Pickup (England, Somerset)
1. Easy to plant. Roots quickly. Extended planting season.
For planting, good quality cuttings should be taken, approximately 20 - 25 cm long. They can be planted by hand using a thin metal bar. Manual planting takes one person up to 35 hours per hectare. For large areas, it is better to use a tractor. The planting season runs from November to March, and can even be extended by storing cuttings in a cold pantry. In the first year, willow grows 1-3 meters high. Branches are cut in the first year and then annually or according to the chosen cycle.
2. Willow adaptability.
Willow can grow in a wide variety of soils. Of course, fertile land with plenty of moisture will produce higher yields, but willow grows on poorer soils and even on poisoned land, where little at all can grow. It is quite tolerant of harsh conditions such as windswept uplands and salty sea breeze.
3. High productivity.
The expected annual yield from fast growing varieties of willow is 20 to 30 tons of fresh material per hectare or 10 to 15 tons of dry material. Depending on the variety and growing conditions, individual rods can be 20-30 cm larger. Such large rods make up a fixed percentage of the total crop and can be sold to local weavers.
4. "Longevity" of beds.
In Somerset, England, a willow bed will last between 20 and 50 years.
5. Ability to recover quickly.
Willow is a strong and durable shrub. Even if the trunk is broken to the ground, the willow will be able to recover: it will release even more shoots. Thus, an accident or deliberate act of vandalism will not only not destroy the willow, but will unwittingly contribute to the size of the future crop.
6. Willow shrub as a barrier plantation.
As willow grows quickly and tolerates wind well, it is ideal for use as a protective plantation. Salix viminalis and hybrids are fast-growing varieties, their height reaches 8 meters, they are excellent at reducing the force of the wind. Even with fallen leaves, a willow barrage will cut wind speed by 60%. Salix alba, Salix fragilis and hybrids will help create tall plantings up to 20 meters high. Smaller varieties are suitable for making beautiful garden hedges. Barrier plantings of willow will create a protected area with a good microclimate for planting, animals or people, hide ugly buildings from view.
7. Environmental protection.
Willow significantly improves soil conditions, which leads to an increase in the range of plants and animals. The stands themselves are home to a variety of insects, with a wider range of species than those found in other tree stands (in the UK). Insects, in turn, attract birds. Many migratory or resident species depend directly on shrub plantings to provide birds with a place to sleep and nest, and mammals for shelter. From this we can conclude that willow plantings will be attractive to predators as well. Earring inflorescences, blooming in early spring, when there are still very few other flowers, will become food for bees and other pollinating insects.
A huge range of colors, shapes and sizes of leaves and trunks, different flowering periods and growth patterns, combined with a fast growth rate, make willow the best tool for turning an unsightly area into a beautiful one. In addition, living sculptures can be made from a growing willow - decorations that do not harm the environment.
8. Soil improvement.
You will not find a better trailblazer for poor or depleted soils than willow. Its leaf litter and root activity will improve humus composition and soil structure and increase nutrients. In this way, the willow helps the rooting of other plant species. The study showed that some varieties of willow are resistant to the presence of heavy metals, and some absorb them. Thanks to the willow, the slag mountains in the north of England have become much more attractive both for local settlements and for "wild life".
Another successful environmental cleanup technique is the creation of buffer zones around the places where any emissions are produced. Increasingly, vines, along with reeds and other plants, are being used in ecological systems that contain farm wastewater, silage fluids, and other biowaste.
So, with proper research, good project design, and a good choice of plant variety, the cost of restoring depleted or polluted soils with willow will only be a fraction of the cost of traditional land reclamation.
9. Large accumulated experience in the use of willow.
Willow has been used by people since antiquity for various purposes. The experience of modern research has been added to the experience of past generations. Many developed countries have extensive research programs on various aspects of willow use. At the moment, scientists have a large stock of knowledge, quite sufficient to evaluate any project related to willow.
10. Large number of varieties.
There are hundreds of willow varieties with a wide range of characteristics. Significant sums have been invested in breeding and selection of willow for a long time, especially in the last few years. The result is a huge number of useful varieties. This makes it possible to make the best choice for any conditions and needs (see the Willow Bank Catalogue).
11. Many useful features of willow.
Land restoration often has conflicting requirements, such as decontaminating soil or excavated material, generating income from the land, protecting surrounding areas, and improving the aesthetics of the area. The choice is difficult, but using willow, you will demonstrate how you can please all people at the same time!
12. Annual harvest.
Unlike other types of wood, you can harvest willow every year. The vine is used for weaving furniture, baskets, making sculptures and thus receives a regular income from it.
13. Versatility and accessibility.
Vines and willow plantings have a huge range of uses. Some examples are: making baskets, furniture, living sculptures, creating plantings that protect against sound and emissions, filtering waste, strengthening river banks, ameliorating soils, using them as food for bees, creating habitats for plants and animals, and beautifying the area. And, of course, lovers of wickerwork need a vine!
Experienced craftsmen adhere to high standards of design and product quality, it is not easy to achieve a professional level. But the basic weaving technique is quite simple and does not require expensive or dangerous equipment. For these reasons, the vine is an ideal material for children's art circles. To start weaving, the child does not need long preparation, but imagination is very much needed! Under the guidance of an experienced mentor, children will be able to complete their crafts in one lesson. This will give them a sense of fulfillment and a sense of success.
14. Low operating costs.
Once the undergrowth has taken root, you only need one operation - harvesting according to the selected pruning cycle. And even this can be avoided if you sell your harvest to weavers or middlemen who will harvest the harvest themselves.
15. Easy to remove plantings.
If circumstances suddenly change and you can no longer use the land as you used to, you are likely to face many problems. It can be both financial costs associated with the lack of income that you expected, or just your troubles and worries. Willow will allow you to return the initial investment and receive income from the sale of the vine, even if you only have a year at your disposal. In a short time, willow will increase the security of the area and decorate it. If the land needs to be returned to its previous state, then after harvesting, you can easily uproot using a tractor and a traditional root remover. Thus, you will quickly prepare the land for subsequent work, for example, for the construction of a building, and the vine harvest will compensate you for all initial investments and bring income in the form of wickerwork.
16. Ease of getting a grant
The FA willow grant is 600 pounds per hectare. In some cases, additional land or annual financial support may be available. If willow cultivation is part of a larger project, such as wicker training or handicrafts, you may want to consider getting a grant from charities or local authorities.
Translation: Anna Bulgakova
description, planting and care, photo
- Description of general information
- How much use is there in willow
- The main types of willow, their description
- Rules and care for planting weeping willow
- Forming a crown
- Propagating the weeping willow
- Is willow sick
- Willow pests
It is probably difficult to find a person who would be unfamiliar with such a plant as weeping willow. This amazing plant is called differently: willow or vine, willow or willow, etc. Willow prefers areas with high humidity, so shrubs can often be seen near swamps and rivers. Sometimes willow can be found in the forest belt, but this is not so common.
Description of general information
The willow family includes about 300 species. Basically, these are various shrubs. Most of the species are grown for specific purposes.
A distinctive feature of the willow is its transparent crown, the branches of which are very thin and gently fall down. During the flowering period, small inflorescences form on the branches. Many types of willow representatives can reach a height of up to 15 meters. But there are also shrubs that rise up to 40 meters. Not a few species and dwarf plants.
Willow looks great alone, but she is also good in a “team”. In landscape design, for the formation of rock gardens, mainly dwarf varieties are used. It is not uncommon to see a willow as a hedge. Almost all types of willow tolerate pruning well.
Willow can decorate many ponds, given the fact that such an atmosphere is ideal for it. Green leaves with a delicate silvery tint are in perfect harmony with the water.
Willow has a massive root system. This allows using shrubs to strengthen the slope or prevent soil erosion.
Caring for willows is not difficult at all.
The photo shows a weeping willow
How many uses willow has
Willow is not only an excellent ornamental tree, but also a wonderful remedy often used in medicine. I mainly use the bark, which helps with such diseases:
- Low blood pressure.
- Neuropathic disorder.
Preparations on willow bark can reduce fever, relieve pain in rheumatism, relieve intestinal upset.
Willow bark makes wonderful preparations for rinsing the mouth during an inflammatory process.
Bark tincture helps with profuse sweating. The decoction is recommended for use as baths for the treatment of eczema. To make the result more effective, a decoction of birch buds is also added.
Traditional medicine uses willow bark in the following situations:
- Intestinal disorder.
- Stomach colic, bowel problems.
- Diseases of the spleen.
The agent has a diuretic effect and is also a hemostatic agent.
Decoctions help fight such problems:
- Inflammatory process in the oral cavity.
- Varicose veins.
- Fatigue in the muscles.
How to prepare a decoction, how much to put the ingredients, and how to use it correctly, a specialist in this field can tell.
Garden of willows
Main types of willow, their description
It is quite difficult to list the huge number of willow species, so the emphasis is on the main varieties:
- White willow. Up the tree can reach about 25 meters. On a massive trunk, only side branches are lowered down. Leaves of a gray hue appear simultaneously with earrings. The flowers of the tree are very small, yellow in color. Flowering begins in mid-spring. The tree feels great on the shore of a reservoir, in a sun-filled area. White willow will delight with its beauty for a long period, about 100 years.
- Weeping white willow. The tree does not reach large sizes. A distinctive feature of the species is the rich yellow color of the bark. Leaves are pale green. The crown of the weeping white willow is wonderful, the branches are lowered very low. Thanks to this, it can be planted in the garden near the flower bed.
Weeping white willow
- Babylon willow. The tree is quite voluminous and weeping. Up to 15 meters high. Refined branches touch the ground, foliage glistens in the sun. Prefers moist terrain, grows quickly.
- Shaggy willow. The leaves of the shrub have a rounded shape and a silver tint. It does not grow more than 2 meters up. The whole bush seems to be covered with down. Prefers moist and nutritious soil. It blooms beautifully, easily tolerates frosty winters. Looks great near artificial reservoirs.
- Goat willow. It can reach up to 10 meters high, more tree-like than shrubby. The crown is rounded, the leaves grow densely, they have a roundish shape and large sizes. The color palette is rich green. In early spring, the willow will bloom, and the aroma of honey will be felt.
- Haruko Nishiki. A low tree whose branches descend to the ground. The plant is quite lush, often used in landscape design. The leaves are spotted, white, over the years, the spots on the leaves disappear.
- Whole-leaved willow. A voluminous bush, reaching a height of about 3 meters. An easily recognizable plant, a distinctive feature is the leaves with an arc. Outwardly, it looks a bit like a fern. It blooms in late spring, inflorescences of a red hue, emit an amazing aroma of freshness, reminiscent of hyacinth.
- Creeping willow (Armando). A low shrub often used in landscape design. Such a willow can be grown not only in the garden, but also on the loggia or veranda. The crown is so dense and lush that the trunk is almost invisible. Tolerates frost well. It blooms with pink inflorescences that have a fluffy structure.
How to plant and care for weeping willow
The first thing to consider when planting a willow is the soil. The plant loves sandy or loamy soil. Willow is unpretentious, but you can still pamper it by adding humus or compost to the soil.
If it is possible to plant a willow in moist soil, then this should be done without fail. Some gardeners claim that planting a willow in fairly heavy soil, for example, near a house, will bring positive results. In such conditions, it will also grow well.
Dry and sandy soil is least suitable for planting willow.
Care of planted shrubs is not painstaking, you just need to follow simple rules for watering, top dressing and pruning.
The optimal conditions for willow habitat are the banks of water bodies, so at home the plant will need abundant watering.
If there is a place in your summer cottage that is constantly buried during the snowmelt period, then it is in this place that the willow will be very comfortable.
The amount of water during irrigation is increased during the period of drought or hot and hot summer. Young seedlings are recommended not only to be watered, but also to regularly spray the crown with them. For one adult willow there should be several buckets of water, no less. The tree will "drink" as much as it needs.
Tree top dressing is an essential part of tree care. Their introduction guarantees a chic appearance of your plant. In spring, the soil near the tree must be well loosened, mineral fertilizers added.
Also, mineral fertilizers, along with organic fertilizers, should be applied throughout the season. Dosage and frequency will depend on the variety of willow and its age.
Shaping the crown
If the willow is not pruned, its branches will grow chaotically, it will lose its decorative appearance, the branches will be sparse. Therefore, a haircut is carried out without fail. Amateur gardeners after pruning get cute trees or shrubs, professionals - plants of extraordinary beauty.
The first 4 years after planting, cutting is not required. The tree grows, gains strength, grows stronger and develops. When the branches grow about a meter, you can carry out the first pruning.
Mostly pruning is carried out in the spring, but you can do it in the summer. The main thing is not to touch the tree during the flowering period. The tips of the branches are cut off by about 30-35 centimeters. The cut is recommended to be done above the kidney, directed upwards.
Regular pruning will allow you to form a gorgeous tree with a dense crown in a few years.
We propagate weeping willow
The best way to propagate weeping willow is cuttings. A tree grows quickly from a cutting.
Cuttings can be harvested in late autumn or early spring, so to speak, in the off-season. Shoots should be chosen young, which are not more than 2 years old. In this case, the chances that the twig will be accepted are much greater.
The stem is cut from the middle of the branch. The length of each should be about 20-30 centimeters.
Prepared cuttings can be planted both in a container and in a greenhouse. If they are planted in a container, a distance of about 20-30 centimeters should be observed between them. Planting in a greenhouse involves preparing a small trench, the distance between seedlings is also 20-30 centimeters.
Planted cuttings are cared for continuously and for as long as required. Closely monitor the level of humidity in the room (greenhouse). It is necessary to constantly loosen the soil, remove the growth of neighboring plants, if any, otherwise it will simply kill the young.
Planted cuttings quickly take root and begin to grow actively. But transplanting them into open ground should not be hasty. Young growth should be in a greenhouse in the winter. Only after a year, seedlings can be transplanted. Trees grown by cuttings quickly take root in a new place, and actively grow.
It is recommended to plant seedlings in the spring, as soon as the snow has thawed. Prepare the hole. If the tree is undersized, such volumes are enough - 50 * 50 * 50 centimeters. For a tall variety, you need more. The soil needs to be well loosened, fertilizer or humus should be added to the hole. Only after that a cutting with a good root system is buried. The first time after transplantation, the willow needs frequent and plentiful watering.
In nature, willow reproduces by seed. Seeds can remain viable for only a few days.
Ripe seeds are carried by the wind or spread by birds. Seed material can get into the water, where it retains its germination capacity for more than one year. If the young sprout nevertheless managed to germinate, it will develop rapidly, but other plants and active shoots may interfere with it. Sometimes, the seeds are carried over long distances. Many have noticed that near water bodies, in a large area, many willows grow, and at different distances. It's all thanks to the wind and birds.
Varietal willows are very difficult to grow from seeds, in which case only cuttings are suitable. There are varieties that can only be bred by grafting. But it is more practical to purchase such a seedling in a specialized store.
In most cases, the weeping willow is not susceptible to disease. But the plant can infect rot, which occurs during the rainy period or with excessive watering. With the advent of warm and sunny days, the fungus can disappear on its own.
Of the fungal diseases, scab is common, a problem arises as a result of the appearance of the fungus. Especially the weeping willow scab. The disease is simply determined, spots appear on the leaves and shoots. It can be seen as soon as the tree wakes up after winter. If no action is taken, the foliage will quickly turn black and die. Scab develops best in a moist environment.
Another disease that weeping willows are most susceptible to is diplodin necrosis of the trunk and branches. The problem can be identified in the spring. Most often, young shoots and twigs suffer, the bark on them darkens significantly, and then dies off altogether, acquiring a grayish tint.
If you see gray spots on your willow leaves, treat the tree with a product containing copper.
When a tree is attacked by pests, this is also displayed on the foliage. In this case, insecticides are indispensable.
Weeping willows are not often attacked by pests, but their occurrence is not excluded. It makes no sense to list how many pests there are, we will only discuss the most common ones:
- Willow silkworms. Caterpillars wrap leaves, creating a cocoon in them. They feed on young shoots.
- Willow aphid. It multiplies quickly enough, affecting not only the inhabited tree, but also nearby plants.