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Unidentifiable rampant tree


We used to love this tree but we thought we'd killed it whilst building. It didn't show a single leaf until later summer and now looks nothing like (above). See below it used to weep and at some point have catkins and white flowers. We don't know what to do with it or what it is. Can anyone help?image


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,159

    I reckon you used to have one of those weeping type willows that might be called Kilmarnock. Now you have growth from the rootstock that the weeping one was grafted onto. Get it out while you still canimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Thanks for that. I've read up a bit now and think you're right. Thanks for the tip. Don't suppise you'd know why my bay tree leaves have black tips like they've been burnt or my acers leaves look all brown and shrivelled or my wisteria has like black soot/ mildew on its leaves? Garden isn't faring very well at the mo ?

  • Viv, post photos and we will do our best in identifying the cause of the problems with your other shrubs & trees! image

    Last edited: 18 September 2016 16:19:05

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks Bob! i want to make a nice garden ? wisteria is hereimage


  • Then acer:


  • And bay:image


  • Does the black stuff on the wisteria rub off with a damp tissue?  If so, it's probably a black mould which grows on honeydew which is secreted by ahpids and has fallen from foliage above and is common on anything growing underneath trees.  Not really harmful, just unsightly.  Deal with the aphids and the problem will go away but not worth bothering with this year as they will die soon when it gets colder.
    Is the wisteria in a pot?  If so, it won't like that at all and needs to be planted in the ground, no matter how poor the soil.

    The acer and bay both look as if they've been short of water at some stage - neither of those are at all tolerant of the soil drying out and will be much happier in the ground if you can find somewhere to plant them (both seem to be in pots?)  If they need to stay in pots, put them in larger ones and use a John Innes #1 compost which holds water well and is recommended for potted trees and shrubs.  If you do re-pot them, leave it until growth restarts in the spring.

    Hope that helps! image

    Last edited: 18 September 2016 19:03:51

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • That's brilliant Bob. Thanks for this. I wasn't expecting such a hot summer! I think you're right about all of that. The wisteria is a little underneath a neighbour's massive line tree which sticky sap seems to fall off like rain this time of year. Really appreciate your help. There's a lot to learn for a novice gardener ?

  • Aha, Lime trees!  Yep, that's where the honeydew has come from - they're infamous for it!

    PS, I've just spotted the lower leaves of the wisteria have notches eaten out of them.  That looks like adult vine weevil damage, so you need to deal with those too before the eggs they will have laid in the soil hatch and the grubs hatch out and eat the roots!  You can get nematodes which you water in to deal with those.

    Last edited: 18 September 2016 19:11:12

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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