Corkscrew Willow Trees

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Asked by Anonymous on December 19, 2014
Peeling Bark on Corkscrew

I have a 16-year old corkscrew willow that is easily 30 feet tall. Last winter we had an ice storm which caused severe damage to the tree in that several major branches broke. It leafed out pretty normally this summer, but I’ve been noticing that the bark is coming off in several places. It looks as though there is no replacement bark underneath. Is the tree dying, or is there something I should do? Thank you for your help!

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Here is some advice on repairing damaged tree bark:
A good idea would be to call in a licensed arborist to look at your tree.

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Asked by Anonymous on July 10, 2017
Corkscrew Willow

My cork willow is planted in a large pot (15 gal.) It is about 10 ft. tall and
about 3 years old ,but in the last two weeks the leaves have turned yellow and
about 75 percent have fallen off.
Do you have any suggestions that I can do to save it?

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You may not be able to keep this plant in a container for a long period of time.
Corkscrew Willow is fast growing and will outgrow a container quickly.
Keeping it pruned both above the pot and it's roots will help keep it contained.
Soil should be changed each spring to keep it healthy. A good quality commercial potting mix is fine.
Corkscrew Willow is a heavy feeder and you can help keep it compact by feeding it a 3-1-2 or 2-1-2 fertilizer ratio.

Make sure the container has plenty of drainage holes so you can keep an eye on the roots. When they start poking out, it's time to repot.

Watering is crucial, soil should be moist but never soggy. If roots dry out, the plant can die.

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