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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 10, 2016

Q. japanese willow

My Japanese willow planted in the garden has thrived for about 10 years, but it lost its leaves early in the autumn and has very few this spring. I am very fond of the tree and would really appreciate some advice please. It is in clay type soil and the only tree there.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 11, 2016
Certified Expert
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When you say your tree has a "few leaves" - are these leaves only on a few branches or are they dispersed throughout the tree? Do the leaves look normal? Are there any signs of pests or diseases? Did you fertilize your tree this spring? If not, that is something you might want to consider. The best thing you can really do at this time is follow a regular watering, feeding and pruning schedule to ensure your tree remains as healthy as possible.

On the branches that don't have leaves you may want to conduct a scratch test to see if there is any sign of life. Guidelines on how to conduct a scratch test can be found in the following article: http://www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/how-to-do-a-scratch-test/ With a scratch test, "green is good" and means the branch in question is still alive.

Below are some articles that will help you which discuss leafing out problems on trees and how to diagnose them:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/tree-leafing-problems.htm
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/how-examine-deciduous-tree-leaf-out-problems

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Asked by
issyselby on
May 19, 2016
Blandford Forum Dorset DT11 7FS

Q. Standard Japanese willow salix

Do I need to pinch out the new growth to make the tree ball out?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 22, 2016
Certified Expert
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Pruning should take place in dormancy, so winter or early spring.
Here is an article with more information.

http://www.midwestgardentips.com/hakuro-nishiki_dappled_willow.html

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Asked by
Jovango on
June 15, 2017
Seneca , pa zone 5

Q. Japanese willow leaves turning brown and it looks like its dying.

What can I do to stop my Japanese willow from dying out completely?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 17, 2017
Certified Expert
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Is this a new planting? This does sound like a watering issue. New plantings should be watered daily for the first 2 weeks.
After that water each week with slow and deep watering.
Add 3 to 4 inches of hardwood mulch but keep it about 6 inches from the base of the shrub.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/willow/dappled-japanese-willow.htm

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Answered by
DLarum on
June 17, 2017
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Japanese willows need quite a lot of water. You can also trim them a lot to keep them nice looking. This article may help
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/willow/dappled-japanese-willow.htm

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Asked by
Nancy DiPinto on
July 23, 2017
08203

Q. japanese willow died

we had a beautiful 3 year old Japanese willow which died this spring. it was in a rather wet corner of out yard and when we pulled it out it had a very small root ball. The area we live in is seashore and very windy. We suspect the tree was blown out of the ground because the ground was so wet. It\’s trunk was definitely on an angle. We loved this tree but are hesitant to plant another one there for fear of the same outcome. Any suggestions for replacement or, if putting in another how to prevent the same result?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 24, 2017
Certified Expert
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This article will refresh you on the care requirements.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/willow/dappled-japanese-willow.htm

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