Weeping willow dieback
I have a weeping willow, it is a Salix Mat. Golden Curls. I think it is about 4-6 years old. It was doing fine, but this year, in early summer, I noticed leaf and twig dieback, esp on the lower branches. I kept an eye on it, thought maybe it wasnt getting enough water in summer or competing with the grass around it. So gave it more water and took out the grass to about the drip line of the willow. The top of the tree has leaves and the bottom still has some dieback on twigs and leaves. It has some new growth on the bottom third of the tree but not nearly enough. The top looks ok, so might be doing better but not as it should. I also noticed esp along stems with dieback that at the crotch of that stem/branch there was some bark missing. I took photos. There were a lot of branch crotches with that same kind of thing where the outer bark is missing in an oval shape or sometimes a square. What do you think might be causing this ? thanks Lisa Graff
Multnomah County Oregon
- Willow bacterial twig blight https://pnwhandbooks.org/plantdisease/host-disease/willow-salix-spp-bacterial-twig-blight
- Are there brown streaks on the damaged limbs?
- Canker https://pnwhandbooks.org/plantdisease/host-disease/poplar-populus-spp-canker
- Is there an orange black discoloration or ooze?
Regardless, prune out out the dead/dying wood. If you make clean cuts, there scars left behind will be smaller and less ragged.