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Re: borers

Yes, that is how we got them here.  My mom smuggled some cuttings in  from 
Germany when she moved here.  From those, she grew several in her  garden in SA, 
gave me some when I got my house in Houston, and passed on several  cuttings 
to people all over the US that wanted them.  So that one  introduction from 
Germany is all over the US by now.  
In Germany they are slow growing and short lived, but do live more than a  
decade.  Here they grow very fast and apparently die fast too.  My mom  has one 
that is still doing well, and two that are hanging in there.  Mine  are not as 
old, but died earlier.  Not sure if it is the humidity, weather,  or what.  I 
figured they would do better here since we have more  rain....guess not.
She has hardly any rain, and definitely hotter than here, or at least the  
same heat.  Only difference is that they get a bit more colder winters, and  
less humidity.
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 8/9/2006 11:03:23 AM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

Noreen, have you tried rooting cuttings?  If they are the same  as my 
willows, they root very readily.  I have been carrying  mine on for 35 years 
They aren't very long-lived, here at  least.  Add to that, my DH cuts them 
when they get very  big.  But I always keep a few rooted cuttings going.  Just
stick  them in the ground and keep well  watered.

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