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Q.Desert willow tree

Zone Blountville TN 37617 | Reedy299 added on June 1, 2018 | Answered

We have a desert willow growing in a container and was wanting to plant it next to our pond.We live in upper east Tenn at an elevation of 1600 hundred feet ,and was wanting to know if it would be ok outside all year long.We also have a prickly pear that does well,and a crepe myrltle that grows well here.What do you think?

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Answered on June 2, 2018

I think that a desert willow would not be a suitable tree for this state. I am also here in Tennessee, and with the amount of rain we get, I would almost guarantee a fungal infection resulting in the, eventual, death of the tree.

I would choose a native variety of willow for our state. There are many varieties that are very ornamental.

The corkscrew willow is my favorite of these. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/willow/growing-a-curly-willow-tree.htm

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