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Re: RE: Re: smoke tree


Um, Kitty...Syringa?  If it's a willow, maybe your fingers meant
Salix?

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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> From: Kitty <kmrsy@earthlink.net>
> 
> Re>Why do you cut the pussy willow down? To control size?
> >  I have a black catkin variety that I put in last spring. 
> >  Probably will let it be this spring.
> 
> Mine was plain old syringa vulgaris. Got way too tall. Also a real
JB
> magnet, so I had to get the leaves down to where I could see and
spray.
> Also it left the bottom all naked. I read about stooling and
Syringa was
> suggested as a great candidate. Stooling this monster still yielded
8-10
> foot canes each season after pruning. Once I tried it I did it
every
> year until I got rid of the JB magnet once and for all. I miss the
pussy
> willows but it was just a nuisance.
> 
> Now YOUR black pussy willow will most likely be much easier to tame
and
> if there's no beetle problem, it's a great asset. I think a lot
depends
> on the space you want to fill and the desired shape. Do you want a
tree
> or a shrub? That's how you decide whether to stool.
> 
> 
> Kitty
> 
> +++++++++
> My only experience with stooling was
> with Pussy Willow, Salix sp, except that I did it after the catkins
> developed, so I could use them for decoration - then WHACK! all the
way
> back down.
> 
> 
> If you have weeds, you don't have enough plants.
> 
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