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Questions About Pussy Willow Trees

Asked by
Anonymous on
April 25, 2011

Q. When and How to Trim Pussy Willow Tree

I am confused by the article because when I am reading about the tree, I suddenly find that they are talking about the bush. The article starts with when to prune the tree:

“The first thing to learn when learning how to cut pussy willow trees is when to do it. The best time when to prune a pussy willow tree is actually when the catkins are on the tree. This will ensure that you trim the plant before it has started active growth but you will also not inadvertently eliminate the young branches that the catkins grow on. ”

Does this mean that I should cut the branches that my wife wants? The tree is overgrown and I need to cut more than the branches with the catkins.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 25, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

It is a tree, though it is sometimes referred to as a shrub/bush. The article also states: “Using coppice pruning means that you will severely cut the pussy willow back. The best time when to prune a pussy willow tree this way is right after the catkins start to fade. Trim the pussy willow down to 6 to 12 inches from the ground.” Simply put, wait until the catkins have done their thing and go ahead and prune the heck out of it—all branches, all the way to about a foot from the ground. Don’t worry, this tree will come back and flourish.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 15, 2011

Q. Trees and Weeping Pussy Willow

I have two cherry trees (sweet) that have been planted for maybe 12 years, and they are not producing much fruit. We are in the process of thinning out surrounding trees to allow them more sunlight. Do I have to prune them back because I have not done that at all? My next question is, how do I prune a weeping pussy willow? My kids bought it for me but I am not sure how to care of it properly. Do I have to plant it where there is an excess of moisture in the soil?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 16, 2011
Certified Expert
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Yes, you should be pruning the cherry trees. This will help them produce more fruit. Pussy willow likes moist soil and is especially fond of soil that has been amended with compost. It also likes full sun but tolerates partial shade. As for the pussy willow pruning, this article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/pussy-willow/how-prune-pussy-willows.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 22, 2011

Q. Pussy Willow Tree

How tall will a pussy willow tree grow?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 22, 2011
Certified Expert
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Typically they grow anywhere from 15-25 feet high. Dwarf or compact varieties may get only about 5 feet high.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 24, 2011

Q. Weeping Pussy Willow Tree

I have a Weeping Pussy willow tree that is 4 years old. Every year it comes back so full and beautiful, this year being a huge exception. It looks like there are buds on all the branches but only the very top of the tree has bloomed. The branches that are hanging down from the bloomed part all around the tree feel dry and will snap. Does this mean my tree is on its way to dying or can I still save it? Should I prune it right back?

Asked by
Anonymous on
June 27, 2011

Q. Pussy Willow

Large black caterpillars are all over it. What are they likely to become? If nice butterfly, I will let them live; if harmful, they will go.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 28, 2011
Certified Expert
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Not sure what kind but I'd venture to guess that it is the larvae of some type of moth. While the caterpillars may not be considered as bad, they will feed on the leaves of your pussy willow, and with enough of them will eventually defoliate the plant.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 10, 2011

Q. Pussy Willow Tree

Why has my pussy willow tree died?

Answered by
Nikki on
July 10, 2011
Certified Expert
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Without knowing the circumstances, I cannot say for sure. However, if you see any shoots around the base, it will regrow, though it will be more shrub-like instead.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 20, 2011

Q. Pussy Willow Bush

I believe I had or have a beautiful bush but I did notice not a lot on the branches. I believe it was due to when I pruned the bush but recently I noticed what looks like pink seeds on the leaves and are very hard to scratch off. Can you tell me what they are, and can I save the bush?

Answered by
Cathy on
July 21, 2011
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I am not able to find any reference to "pink seeds" with regard to pussy willows.
They do however, throw and pink/red bud scale before becoming fuzzy. But you may have overpruned and that can take care of itself with time.

Please see this article for help with that:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/pussy-willow/

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