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Q.Japanese Willow Ugly Shoots

Zone Toronto | Anonymous added on June 6, 2022 | Answered

Hello. After years of neglect I gave a Japanese’s Willow tree a severe cut back. All of the shoots coming out of the main arms are the plain green shoots you see coming from the base and not the pretty white/pink leafy kind. The pretty leaf stems are still there from other branches but in short supply. Will this tree return to it’s former glory or is it beyond recovery?

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Answered on June 13, 2022

It sounds like water sprouts are coming from the limbs that were severely pruned. Remove any suckers coming from the base of the tree. You may need to do a rejuvenation pruning. Here is how:


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