Pussy Willow Trees
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My 24 year old pussy willow, I think it may be dead. Very hot summer last year dried up all the leaves, I pruned them all back and

Zone UK | lindatonkinson added on April 20, 2019 | Answered

this year nothing at all, what have I done. Live in U.K. (South)

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MichiganDot
Answered on April 20, 2019

I think you did the right thing in pruning it to the ground. Pussy willow is subject to borers and disease. However, it is also a short-lived specimen with 25 years being the average lifespan. Since it is usually blooming by mid-spring (although leafless), it might be your tree just doesn't have the energy to bloom. It may still leaf out unless you are well past the point when leaves are expected in your region.

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