I have a willow tree more than a year old that is losing its bark, and the limbs on the upper have of tree are dead. Can you help me with these problems?
The Gardener’s Answer
Hello, Stanley: There are many disease and insect problems associated with willows. I cannot say for certain what is happening with your tree not being able to see it. It sounds like there may be a couple of different things going on. When you peel back the loose bark, are there any insects? If so, this is not a good sign, it means there is decaying organic matter and the tree is rotting. The best thing to do would be have a certified arborist come out to take a look at your willow or if possible you could take a sample to your County Cooperative Extension Service. The branches that are no longer living will need to be pruned out to prevent further insect and/or disease spread. Willows are pretty durable trees but the fate of the tree will depend on the extent of the damage. A certified arborist will be able to give you professional, reliable advice.