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09/04/2014 at 22:42

A young tree has appeared in my garden and managed to grow to over 3ft tall before we noticed it. I think it might be a Silver Birch can anyone confirm please?

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/41949.jpg?width=720&height=350&mode=max

 

09/04/2014 at 22:46

Not a birch. Might be one of the willows

Are those things on the right hand stem fluffy?

09/04/2014 at 23:31

Yes, a willow - they grow very quickly, 

10/04/2014 at 13:35

The right stem has leaf buds and yes they are a bit downy. If it is a willow should I keep it? I had to dig it up from where it had grown, it's in a pot at the moment but not showing any sign of suffering from the move.

10/04/2014 at 13:44

Genovese, I suggest you google how large it will grow and also if it is a very thirsty type of willow as some willows can take moisture from the foundations of your house, causing subsidence. I believe that a willow should be no closer than 85' from a building.

10/04/2014 at 13:47

Those downy buds are the flowers, (catkins or pussies). As in pussy willow.

Big trees

10/04/2014 at 13:48

Don't think a willow is a good idea in a 'normal' sized garden - not always a good idea in a large one!  And definitely nowhere near a house, or drainage system or retaining wall etc.!!!

 

10/04/2014 at 22:24

Thanks for your help guys

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