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.
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:
Do I need to pinch out the new growth to make the tree ball out?
Pruning should take place in dormancy, so winter or early spring.
Here is an article with more information.
What can I do to stop my Japanese willow from dying out completely?
Japanese willows need quite a lot of water. You can also trim them a lot to keep them nice looking. This article may help
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.
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?
This article will refresh you on the care requirements.
The dappled Willow bush is not surviving where I have planted it, and I'd like to dig it up and plant it somewhere else.
Here are links for three articles that will answer your questions:
We have a 20 ft tall, 12 ft wide, multi branched (10+ branches 1 to 2" thick) and would like to cut it back, dig it up, split it into ou3 or 4 bushes and replant for on our property border. It's so beautiful I don't want to kill it and will leave it intact if it shouldn't be moved. Thanks for any input you can provide.
I wouldn't advise making several shrubs. You can do this easily with hardwood cuttings. It has an extensive root system and will be difficult to dig up without damaging a lot of roots. Here are tips on pruning:
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?
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: