Pussy Willow Trees
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Pussy willow

Zone West Yorkshire England | Jacky added on March 16, 2017 | Answered

I have a mature pussy willow in my garden. Midsummer last year the leaves turned brown and dropped off prematurely. Now March and no catkins have appeared. There are a few branches that look like new growth but very few. Should I cut it right back to where there is new growth or is it too late and I have lost it completely? In West Yorkshire.

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on March 17, 2017

That is a strange event for an established Pussy Willow.

Did you have a dry period? Lack of moisture could be the reason.

I certainly would go ahead and prune done the plant, a hard prune.

Check the moisture level in the soil. If your having dry weather, I would also apply some hardwood mulch to help with moisture control.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/pussy-willow/how-prune-pussy-willows.htm

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