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Old 10-05-2017, 10:40 AM
 
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I have always wanted a Weeping Willow tree, hands down my favorite type of tree. About 3 years ago I finally planted one in our yard. It had been doing great until this summer. I know they are water loving, but our area was exceptionally dry this year. We did water it some but maybe not enough? The bark is separating from the tree and it lost all of its leaves pretty early. This morning I noticed the branches are turning black starting at the tips of the branches going in. HELP!! Can I save my tree?




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Old 10-05-2017, 01:07 PM
 
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Looks like a bacterial/canker/fungi problem. The tree looks like improper pruning too.
I'd suggest you call a local tree arborist to take a look at the tree and give you a professional opinion. That tree looks to be in very sad condition.
Here's some good info to read: Willow Tree Care | Willow Tree Pruning & Disease Prevention Tips
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Old 10-05-2017, 01:13 PM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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I have always wanted a Weeping Willow tree, hands down my favorite type of tree. About 3 years ago I finally planted one in our yard. It had been doing great until this summer. I know they are water loving, but our area was exceptionally dry this year. We did water it some but maybe not enough? The bark is separating from the tree and it lost all of its leaves pretty early. This morning I noticed the branches are turning black starting at the tips of the branches going in. HELP!! Can I save my tree?

Sorry but I don't think you can save it, the rotting wood and separating and peeling bark on the trunk looks very bad.

Your tree looks to me like it is dying from a fungal disease known as willow heart rot, that is, it's rotting from the inside out, and it looks like it was probably already infected before you had your dry period this year. It's not your fault, it was an early problem with the tree and may not have been visible last year but the reduced amount of water this year has lowered it's immunity and further weakened it's ability to fight back and has hastened the rot and other visible symptoms of disease. The lowered immunity will also have allowed other bacterial and fungal infections and insects to get into the nasty open wounds that are now in the trunk and that would rapidly speed up the deterioration.

If it was my willow I would cut it down as soon as possible, and try to dig out and remove the roots as well. Don't plant any other willows in that exact same location either as the soil there might now be infected with the fungal spores too.


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Old 10-05-2017, 03:39 PM
 
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unfortunately I think that tree is beyond saving. agree with planting a new one in a slightly different location.
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