SALIX 'Flamingo'

Noticed this morning - a recently planted tree (less than 2 weeks) has developed brown leaves at the tips of the branches - could the recent hot weather be the cause?   In a raised bed and well watered  (or so I thought) when it was planted and watered regularly since - but could it need even more?   Should I give it a really good soaking? 

Thank you



  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    It is still suffering from shock, and is spending all its time trying hard to make new roots, the leaves are a secondary thing for it at present.  Maybe remove some of the leaf load while it tries to settle, it will take time, it has alot to do.  The light leaves will suffer in hot wind, it needs a somewhat sheltered place to protect it, and indeed, plenty of water while it is new - but don't overwater as it needs air to the roots as well.  Give it time and patience, it will get there if it possibly can, all plants want to grow. 

  • andrea3andrea3 Posts: 16

    I've just bought one of these and I'm going to plant it in a really big wooden planter.  I'm thinking of putting some grit in for drainage and air.  It is in a sheltered place though.  They are lovely.

  • pinkpeonypinkpeony Posts: 95

    Bookertoo - thank you for your advice.  A tall fence provides some shelter and the tree is the 'centrepiece' of  the new raised bed,  so I shall persevere!!

    Andrea 3 - good luck with your tree - it will look splendid in your planter.

    Thanks again


  • Verdun - thanks for your reply.   The tree looks pretty healthy at the moment, I'll take your advice and remove any dead shoots to maintain the shape.

    Thanks again.

  • I have a Salix in a large pot and have had it for a couple if months and the stems are growing like mad - is it ok to trim them back to shape it as it is very leggy? Thank you

  • Hello,

    I have a Salix "Flamingo" and have planted this in a Stone Pot in my Garden. Unfortunately I have just noticed that most of my leaves have turned brown, and it is not due to being dry as it has been raining the last few days. Does anyone have any tips/suggestions as to what and why I can revive my Tree??


  • hi verdun is ok to prune now or spring for flamingo salix thanks

  • Mine have now lost virtually all their leaves; have I killed them through under-watering or will they pick up again in the spring? 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Louby Lou - I believe they have catkins in early spring  like all willows, so they lose their leaves for the winter- as far as I know!

    Gary- I think they can be pruned at this time of year as it  encourages the new coloured growth next year, but I'm sure someone more knowledgeable than me will advise if that's correct  or not image

  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    louby they are deciduous. I wouldn't prune until the early spring and then reduce by about a 1/3rd. You will then get the pink colour on the new growth. I've never seen catkins on ours. If you don't prune it often, even a little trim in summer you loose the pink colour and it gets boring.

  • jonny vernjonny vern Posts: 4

    i just planted a new salix tree and after a week the leaves are all died and gone brown, is there any salvation????

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,056

    It doesn't sound good. What sort of willow is it?

  • jonny vernjonny vern Posts: 4

    it a integra Hakuro-nishiki

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Has it got dry jonny? this usually happens with this plant if it dries out too much, give it a good soak and trim off all the dead branches and it should recover image

  • i am wanting to buy a salix flamingo but can it be kept indoors in a pot as a houseplant? thankyou

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,860

    No I'm afraid it can't - it will be very unhappy and drop its leaves and probably die - it's an outdoor plant and needs fresh air, sunlight and rain - it can't tolerate the low light levels and dry conditions of a house.   Sorry image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
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