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CluelessGardener

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

what is it


 James

Dovefromabove

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 

nutcutlet

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

fidgetbones

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

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Dovefromabove

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

nutcutlet

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

Dovefromabove

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 .... 

CluelessGardener

Here we go better photos


 


 


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

Dovefromabove

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

nutcutlet

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

CluelessGardener

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

Dovefromabove

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.

fidgetbones

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.

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CluelessGardener

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

James

CluelessGardener

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

nutcutlet

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

Dovefromabove
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. 

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