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Salix Flamingo Tree - Can I Save It??

Hi Guys We moved into a house recently and inherited a Salix Flamingo tree which has clearly been neglected but I'd love to revive it, just wondering whether there is any chance? It's in a fairly large stone pot on the patio (with drainage holes drilled into the bottom) and the trunk looks healthy, but the leaves were crisp and brown - not a hint of colour on the entire thing (looked like it had had very little water for weeks and weeks I'd say) I've pulled off all the dead leaves and trimmed back the stems about an inch or so, and given it plenty of water. Do you think it'll recover or is it a lost cause? It looks like it's just compost in the pot, should I mix in some topsoil? Thank you


  • Hi Bristol86 image

    If you scrape a little of the bark back with your thumbnail and it's green underneath then it's alive, or at least it stands a good chance of survival.

    Have you got anywhere you can plant it in the ground?  Salix = willow - they need plenty of moisture at their roots and ordinary potting compost just doesn't have enough body to hold enough moisture. 

    Otherwise I'd repot it in John Innes No 3 loam based compost and cross my fingers. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thanks Dove!

    We're having some work done on our garden imminently so hopefully I can get it in the ground in the next couple of weeks.

    Will check on the colour underneath the bark when it's light tomorrow!
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    At this time of year? No leaves. What's it going to do with all that water?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Float away ...


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • daffy6daffy6 Posts: 26
    I have been wondering where I can purchase a Salix Flamingo Willow.

    Can anyone please advise.?
  • daffy6daffy6 Posts: 26
    Thank you so much Verdun. image
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