Pussy Willow Trees
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Trunk of Pussy Willow Tree Rotting

Zone California | Joan added on June 3, 2013 | Answered

I have a large pussy willow tree that is over 40 years old. It's the kind where the branches grow straight up and produces catkins (furry branches). The trunk is actually composed of three separate "trunks. " Tree branches/leaves healthy and green but one "trunk" has piece missing at base and inside appears rotting - brownish sawdust look. Can I cut that piece before it falls, without it affecting the rest of the tree? I'm afraid if I do nothing, it will eventually rot through and fall. Thank you!

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AnnsGreeneHaus
Answered on June 3, 2013

Joan, Willows are short lived trees. Yes, you can remove the trunk/limb that is damaged. This article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/willow/how-to-prune-willow-trees.htm

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