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By Msanne

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom Gb

My curly wurly tree appears to be dying is there anything I can do to bring it back to life?



I'm not sure what a curly wurly tree is, but it sounds fascinating. Could it be another name for a tortured willow? How big is it? If it IS the same thing, my Mum had quite a big one next to her drive, and she used to cut it back quite hard and regularly, which kept it in a bush shape, and it never seemed to mind. I would have thought if it IS a willow, all your heavy rain this year wouldn't have harmed it at all. Are all the branches dying? Any chance of a picture to help identify the problem?

2 Sep, 2012


Thank you yes my curly wurly tree is a willow and this year there very few leaves on it and what are there have black spots on them. I am having a bit of a problem trying to download a picture. Not all the branches are dead though just do not have leaves on them.

3 Sep, 2012


I have a large contorted willow which is about 35 years old. Branches regularly die and drop off. It seems to be part of its natural cycle. How old is yours? Perhaps the lack of leaves is due to black spot, or perhaps the bare branches are just naturally dying off.

3 Sep, 2012


Thank you for your responce. My tree is about 12 years old. The leaves do have black spots on them , how do I get rid of this?

4 Sep, 2012


There are several different conditions that can cause black spots on leaves. Some are unsightly, but don't actually damage the tree. A couple are more serious - are there any signs of fungus on the twigs or branches? If the only symptom is on the leaves, you shouldn't have too much to worry about. If twigs/branches are affected, you might have to remove and burn them, or dispose of them away from the garden. I'm afraid I can't offer any more advice, sorry. Someone else may be able to tell you what you can do.

4 Sep, 2012


I have looked again at the tree the black spots appear to be only on the leaves. Thank you

5 Sep, 2012

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