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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Weeping willows damaged by ice

Weak wooded trees with a weak structure



I've written previously in this blog about how I love weeping willow trees and how I planted two of them for sentimental reasons, even though I knew better. (See "Weeping willow, a weak-wooded tree" and "One tree not to plant"

I planted them about a dozen years ago. They grew fast, and they were beautiful for a few years. However, they've created a problem in nearly every episode of extreme weather we've experienced.

The devastating ice storm that hit Kentucky a few days ago was particularly hard on my weeping willows. I expect that we will cut them down and spray any sprouts with Roundup. I've had the experience of owning weeping willows now, and it wasn't nearly as pleasant as I thought it would be. I don't want to repeat it.

The tree in front of them -- the undamaged one -- is a black walnut that was planted at about the same time.

More photos of the ice damage to our trees

3 comments -- please add yours:

new york city garden said...

Thats a shame. I recently came back from Southern NH and saw all the ice storm devastation to the trees there. And thats where the devastation really is with these storms. At times along certain roads it seemed every other tree was snapped in half.

Here's to the black walnut.

Genevieve said...

Yes, if the trees had survived intact, many of the power lines would be intact also. A lady from a town just north of here told me that all the trees there look like toothpicks pointing to the sky. Their entire town has been without electricty, but I think some of it has been restored now.

Anonymous said...

My weeping willow is still intact after an ice storm deformed the shape. Im hoping to reform it in warmer weather. Anyone have an idea how to best do this?

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