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06/12/2013 at 14:18

I thought it was a type of willow but I'm not to sure now

what is it


06/12/2013 at 14:21

A bit hard to say from here James - can we have a pic of the whole tree so we can see it's shape?  Even then, without leaves/flowers/berries we may be stumped 

06/12/2013 at 14:24

and an in focus pic of the branches and buds would tell twisted willow from hazel. 

Or some of the leaves that might be lying underneath it

06/12/2013 at 14:24

Is this better


06/12/2013 at 14:25

Branches look a bit contorted. Would it be a contorted willow? What were the leaves like?

06/12/2013 at 14:27

You're probably thinking of the twisted willow - doesn't look quite right to me - but without seeing leaves .................. 

06/12/2013 at 14:29

I can see some green bits there but I can't get them in focus. Is this your tree James?. 

06/12/2013 at 14:32

The shape of the crown (or what we can see of it) looks wrong for a twisted willow to me, but I may well be wrong - there's always the exception to every rule .... 

06/12/2013 at 14:33

Here we go better photos

 I thought it was a whispering willow but twisted willow may be it's real name ??

06/12/2013 at 14:35

Yes, twisted willow - now I can see the whole thing the shape is more typical, and the leaves are right 

06/12/2013 at 14:36

Yep, twisted or contorted willow. Their both common names for it. 

06/12/2013 at 14:39

Thank you all I thought it was a willow see not so clueless after all I do like contorted willow better than twisted

06/12/2013 at 14:40

next can you prune it ??

06/12/2013 at 14:43

Well, you can, but it needs to be done properly to avoid making it look like a bog brush.  I'd suggest getting a proper arboriculturist to thin the crown - now is a good time of year.  

Virtually any twig you stick into the ground will take root and grow.

06/12/2013 at 14:56

The local florists sell 4 ft sections for 50p a twig. I wonder if i could sell some contorted hazel the same. (harry lauders walking stick) except  mines much more contorted and twisted.

06/12/2013 at 14:58

O'no I was going to shred them and compost them as I cut some lower branches off


06/12/2013 at 14:59

I will keep some taller ones for my sweet peas then how do you stop them from rooting

06/12/2013 at 15:10

If you prune them now and don't put them in the ground til next summer, they won't root

06/12/2013 at 15:31
nutcutlet wrote (see)

If you prune them now and don't put them in the ground til next summer, they won't root

I wouldn't guarantee that Nut.  Probably not in your dry soil, but I've known old willow sticks root in boggy Mid Suffolk clay

 But James, if you use them as pea sticks and they root, they won't grow so big that you can't pull them out when the sweet peas go over. 

06/12/2013 at 16:02


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