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We have a fine example of a flamingo willow some 4.5 foot tall and wide in full bloom and just noticed it has another plant of some sorts growing from its trunk? Has anyone else come accross this before?

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,156

    Is it all green but with the same shape leaves?

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,156

    Is it coming from the graft point?  Do you have a photograph.?

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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,562

    I used to work in a garden centre, and saw this problem there.  The pretty variegated top bit is always grafted onto a different rootstock - some sort of plain, ordinary willow I think - to give it stability.  Use secateurs to remove the rogue shoots as close to the stem as possible, and be vigilant - you might find they grow again.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,278

    I find that pulling sharply down on the green shoots removes the growing point and helps prevent regrowth. 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,278

    I don't doubt that's true Verdun image

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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,562

    Great stuff you two - would love to see you both in action!  image  Only prob with pulling shoots off is if they're too big & beefy, when they damage the tree stem.  Otherwise, great advice!

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