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Silver Surfer can you see the pics I have posted above? I had to laugh at you saying we;ve done well to get lovely catkins, the poor thing is more than neglected, completly left to do its own thing for the last 3 years! Its looks fab in winter with xmas lights on it

Also can we move it now, or is it too late for this season?


Yes Olivedog. If you don't move it before the leaves come on it will be harder to keep lively. Hazels do have a big root quite early in life. Try not to damage it.

Thanks Sam12, there is a whole load of stuff around it that needs clearing, its about the only stuff the chickens haven't demolished! Will removed asap thanks

im panicking now cos we have a twisted willow out the front of our house... didnt realise it was going to get that big argggg... how can we stop it from getting too big?


I was about to ask the same question. I have just bought a twisted willow and googled for information and found this thread..... I'd also like to know if it will it grow in a north facing garden that gets some sun morning and evening?


Sc0tland, welcome, do willows grow anywhere near where you live?

I have also just found this thread having bought a twisted willow (also in scotland) last summer and am now wondering if it is still alive. During the summer the branches started turning black from the tips which eventually spread back. It is potted and has stayed outside in what is a relatively mild winter and I have no idea what to do with it.  Any suggestions?


It's hardy and would be OK outside but black is dead. Have you a photo to show the extent of the black?


Re moving twisted hazel.  I had one as a gift from a friend and when I moved house I decided it had to come with me.  I dug it up and put the root ball in a black plastic bad.  We lost the house we were moving to and the hazel spent 10 weeks in a plastic bag in the middle of summer with me pouring jugs of water into the bag until we moved into a new property.  It suvived and is now growing happily in my new garden 5 years later.  They are sturdy trees.  Hope yours survives.

Hi I'm new to gardening and looking for some ideas, we have a beautiful twisted willow which is well maintained however after cutting it back in the autumn I wanted to know if I could use these branches for any other purpose in my garden ? 


Assuming you have dried them out since autumn they could be used as pea sticks or other plant supports in your borders.   

We have a magnificent specimen growing at a bend in our driveway with its back to the house and are concerned about its root system pushing up the concrete of the driveway or getting into the foundation of the house.  It is extremely healthy and is already bout 7' tall.  It gets full sun all day from the south and east and is watered by an irrigation system.  Its conditions obviously are just right for it to have grown from a small potted plant.  Our weather is mild enough that it rarely loses most of its leaves.

We've never cut it back.  It's lower branches drape over the driveway I think elegantly whereas my husband is just getting concerned about root intrusion.

If we trimmed the lower branches to expose it's trunks would it slow down it's growth?  

Is there a relationship of the root system to the width of the tree?  But most of all, I ask if it's roots are aggressive enough to disturb the concrete at it's perimeter?

Thank you for any answers.

I have a corkscew willow which I planted from a 4 foot tree and told it was a dwarf.  Well it has grown to about 8 foot and I wondered if I can cut the branches off just above the trunk?  Will it grow back and be



Hi Kasbah   I have a twisted willow and pollared it every year. It puts on about six feet of new growth each year.

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