Weeping pussy willow tree

Asked May 5, 2020, 12:38 PM EDT

I have a 7 foot tall weeping pussy willow tree that is 10 years old and it is leaning to the side pretty good I haven't strapped up when I pulled back to try to straighten it out what else can I do

Pike County Pennsylvania

1 Response

Native pussy willow (Salix discolor) is really more of a shrub that a tree. The best way to maintain these plants is by cutting back the old growth every year in the early spring. The roots will then send up new shoots and renew the appearance of the shrub. Here's a link for more info about pussy willows:
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=286783&isprof...
From your brief description, I believe that cutting back the plant and trimming the growth will help balance the plant. If the roots are exposed, you willl have to cover them with soil. Hopefully, this will help your pussy willow to recover.