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I have just returned from my holiday to find that my Salix tree which has been absolutely lovely this year has brown leaves that look as though they have been burnt.  The tree was watered whilst I was away for the week however it now looks dead.  Please help!  What can I do?


It may not have had enough water so give it  good soak with at least 10 litres of water that can soak in deep and encourage any surviving roots to go lower down instead of staying near teh surface where they can dry out all too quickly.    Keep it well watered but not drowning and wait and see.  It may recover.


Had the same problem with mine couple of years ago. Son did water it but not really soak it. Was in a pot.  Have since replanted in garden and have to give it a good soak at least twice a week in view of the lack of rain.  It will come back - trust me!

Heather Michaels

Vicky I recently bought a couple of very young Salix trees from a store which had badly neglected them to say the least. 95% of the leaves were curled up and brown and/or dropping off altogether and the soil in the pot was bone dry. As I got them cheap I figured I had nothing to lose. Took them home, ground planted them, slightly deeper that I normally would have, gave them a good soak every day for the first week and pruned back anything brown, shrivelled or on its way to dead and they're doing really, really well now with an abundance of new leaves so they can certainly recover and seem to be fairly hardy things so I'm sure yours will do just fine.



If we're talking about those multicoloured salix with lots of white, the white bits will burn if they get too much sun. 


Thank you for all of your comments.  I will give it a good water and hope for the best.  It has been so lovely this year and seems such a shame.  I am sure my green fingers can rejuvenate it

we have a lovely salix and it has been georgeous for about 10 years but it now seems to be dying what can we do





Hi Janice - tell us more about it - which sort of salix is it and where is it planted. 

Hi I have the same problem with my Salix,  Brown curled leaves and die back on the ends of he branches on one side of the tree. There are also slight orange rest marks on the leaves and on the branches.  It cant be lack of water is in the lake district and normally in soaking wet soil.   It is 10 years old, has always looked good but never had catkins.  Any ideas folks.


What variety of salix is it Grannychris?

Is it in a pot or planted in the open ground?

My Salix is in a pot I don't really want to put it in the ground. i added some bedding plants would that of made a difference to it drying out?


Our Salix is in a Crematorium  , on a slope and surrounded by granite stone . And worst of all , growing in chalk . We either had a Salix or a standard rose . needless to say , just walking round the cemetery neither species is doing very well . My question is , is it just a lack of water problem ,  because the thought of having to pour gallons of water on my parents does not appeal ..


Salix are willows and willows need water so I suggest you move it somewhere damper in autumn and plant something better suited to chalky soil which can be dry and poor in nutrients.

Julie - yes the bedding plants make a difference as they compete for nutrients and moisture in what is already a limited supply in the pot.  Composts only have enough nutrients for 100 days maw so you need to feed the salix every spring with slow release pellets or granules and add a nitrogen feed to the watering liquid later on to promote the foliage.   Keeping the compost moist is essential for willows.

Hello, i planted a salix caprea pendula this summer.
Its in the ground but the ground is elevated with
hard core underneath. It got infected with what looked
like eggs on the stem and branches late summer,
which i removed. Seemed to come back but now the one
side of the has lost most of its leaves, whats left on the other
side have either curled up or got rust marks and some
have got large white blothes. I really dont want to lose the
tree! Can anyone suggest how to treat it please? Gaynor



Hello Hoopla

That doesn't sound like a very good spot for a salix - too well-drained.  Salix need damp soil - without it they get weak and susceptible to attack by pests and diseases and turn up their toes.  Sounds as if this is happening to your tree. 

I'm afraid that there's nothing you can treat it with successfully unless it is planted properly in suitable conditions.


Oh dear! Ok well thank you for getting back...


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