All the longer weeping branches of a young (15ft) weeping willow have died...

Asked July 7, 2014, 1:22 PM EDT

All the longer weeping branches of a young (15ft) weeping willow have died back and the whole tree is much reduced in vigor. At ground level there are large cancer or gall-like growths on the exposed roots that are pushing up above the ground. The growths extend about 3ft radius around the trunk. 1. If, as I suspect, this is crown gall can anything be done to save the tree? 2. If we remove the tree, would it be possible to replace it in the same position with another tree species? We have a weeping cherry that would do as a replacement, but should the entire area around the willow be regarded as a no plant zone? If so, how far away? Thanks Steve Prince

Prince George's County Maryland trees and shrubs weeping willow crown gall

2 Responses

That's quite an infestation of crown gall. Yes, we'd recommend that you remove the tree and a weeping cherry can be used as a replacement

Keep in mind that weeping cherries are prone to borers if they are stressed. Be sure to water your tree in the first 2 years during dry periods while it gets established, and probably during extended droughts always.

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Thanks! Steve Prince