willow trees

Reply

  #1  
Old 10-18-02, 09:16 AM
cjohnsmith
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
willow trees

I have a willow tree and cannot find any information on it. I am building a tree house in the tree, but I don't want to put too much weight on the tree, cause damage to the willow tree. I also am debating on pruning it this fall.
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 10-18-02, 09:34 AM
marturo's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 1,448
Smile Tree house in Willow

Hi cjohnsmith,

I can only give you my experience with Willows.

They will break easily due to the nature of the wood.
The are like lightning rods being so full of water.
I would not let my Son climb them when he was young, because of their tendency to snap limbs off, when weight is applied.

As far as pruning if it is a weeping Willow, just cut the hanging limbs up enough to not interfere with lawn chores.

The other types you can shape but protect cuts with Tree wound dressing.

This is just from my own Willows, and the experiences I have had with them.

Marturo
 
  #3  
Old 10-21-02, 10:16 PM
Member
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Maryland zone 7
Posts: 1,716
Yikes!!! I'm with Marturo. Willows are weak limbed and are not long lived trees. Please, please pick another tree for your tree house.

By the way, they tend to have a lot of movement in them on windy days. My former DH got his leg caught in the crotch of two large limbs as a young boy and almost lost his leg. It was a good thing that he had been warned not to go into the woods alone. His brother ran home to get help.

Try this site for info on the weeping willow. You can click on the 'common names' catagory and look under 'W' for Weeping Willow.

http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/trees/index.htm

Regards,
Newt
 
  #4  
Old 10-25-02, 07:33 PM
Gami
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Hi cjohnsmith,

I'm with Marturo and Newt. They do NOT have strong branches. Try another tree, please.

They are the only trees that we have to pick limbs up after a storm.

Gami
 
Reply

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes
'