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Landscaping with spherical willow

spherical willow in landscape Due to its beauty and unusual appearance, the spherical willow is very popular in parks and garden plots of our country. Even by planting only this decorative type, you can create very original compositions and whole gardens. Such trees lend themselves well to curly shearing, they are traditionally used in single or group plantings and as hedges..

Spherical willow in landscape design

spherical willow in the park Some people for landscape design tend to purchase only exotic ornamental plants. And they completely forget about the simplest, unpretentious trees, which are in no way inferior in beauty to their southern brothers. These trees include the brittle spherical willow, which grows throughout Russia.

spherical willow compositionTo decorate the site, it is enough to find this tree in the spring. Cut a couple of twigs from it and plant them in the ground. And next season you will have a spherical decorative masterpiece growing up. For better clarity, we attach a photo of a spherical willow in the landscape design of a garden plot.

willow brittle sphericalThe brittle willow grows up to 15 – 20 m. Its branches with leaves are concentrated at the top of the crown and give the tree a very attractive appearance. It has large lanceolate leaves, with small serrations along the edges, the upper side is green and the lower side is bluish. In the fall, the foliage becomes yellow-green in color. The spherical willow bloom begins in May and coincides with bud opening. Glossy shoots are olive green, root very well when planted.

The tree is unpretentious, frost-resistant and tolerates pruning well. This type of willow looks very picturesque in single and group planting of 3-4 pieces. And also looks spectacular in combination with birches and spruces in large areas.

spherical willow damaskThe brittle willow has a variety called Bulata spherical willow. The tree is of medium height, about 7 m, although sometimes it grows up to 15 m. And the width of its crown can reach 8 m. The crown of the tree is very dense, beautiful, with a regular spherical, sometimes domed shape. Elongated, pointed dark green leaves are concentrated at the top of the crown. Shoots are olive green.

Bulat is unpretentious, resistant to winds. Does not freeze even in severe frosts, withstands up to -50 degrees.

The main advantage of this willow is that it is ideal for shaping. With the help of pruning, you can make any shape or height of the plant. Most often used to create compositions with large, tall ornamental trees. One or two willows or several of these trees look especially picturesque on the shore of the pond, they can also be used for hedges.

spherical dwarf willow by the pondAs a result of the work of the Ural breeder Shaburov, another decorative frost-resistant variety was bred – dwarf spherical willow. This ball can be up to 3 m in diameter, with frequent pruning it becomes denser. Annual shoots are reddish in color. Leaves are small 5-10 mm, with small serrations along the edges and slight pubescence on both sides.

It is characterized by high winter hardiness, resistance to pests and infections, perfectly tolerates pruning. Great for forming hedges and garden bonsai.

Features of planting spherical willow

spherical willow in the nurseryIn planting and care, the spherical willow is completely unpretentious. But be sure to take into account the general recommendations..

The landing site must be completely open. The tree can grow on almost all types of soil, except for overdried sandy soil. But the best for him is clayey fertile soil, where there is a lot of moisture..

spherical brittle willow seedlingPlanting is advisable in spring (April-May), when the soil is still damp. Moreover, this time coincides with pruning, so cut branches can be used for propagation..

The spherical willow is easily propagated by cuttings. Let’s figure out what should be done for this..

  1. In the spring, you need to choose annual shoots on the tree, which are easy to recognize by the presence of buds.
  2. Shoots must be cut into cuttings of 20 – 30 cm, be sure to leave 5 – 7 buds at the top.
  3. Then select the thickest cuttings and plant half the length in the ground.
  4. The soil should be wet and in close contact with the cuttings, so after planting they are thoroughly watered.
  5. After about a couple of weeks, the plant will put down strong roots. All this time it needs good watering..

Shoots should be cut in early spring, before the buds open. Otherwise, rooting will be much worse or not at all. While timely cut shoots root perfectly even without special stimulants.

Breeding varieties, such as Shaburova’s dwarf spherical willow, are immersed in the ground together with the substrate. In this case, the seedlings must be carefully removed from the containers and planted in a trench at a distance of 50 cm between the bushes..

It is advisable to root the cuttings not in water, but immediately in the soil. Despite the fact that cuttings take root faster in a glass of water, problems may arise with them during planting. Often this simple procedure can lead to their death..

Globular willow care and pruning

spherical willow in the gardenFor trees to grow well, they need proper care, watering and replenishment..

This plant loves moisture very much, therefore, the first year after planting, the spherical willow needs abundant watering. And in the hot summer season, an adult tree requires additional irrigation of the crown..

Every year, in early spring, the soil around young plants must be loosened and complex fertilizers applied. At the end of summer, it is advisable to fertilize the soil with superphosphate and potassium sulfate.

spherical willow in single plantingThe spherical willow in the landscape design of the site necessarily requires shaping. It is better not to cut the tree for the first years after planting. And when it reaches a height of 1 m, you need to start trimming.

spherical willow crownWhat is this procedure? In early spring, young shoots should be cut by 15-20 cm, while leaving the buds at the ends of the branches. It is necessary to cut the shoots at an angle so that water does not stagnate on the cut surface. It can cause wood to rot.

It is necessary to maintain the optimal distance between the cut and the nearest kidney. If you cut it close to the bud, there is a risk that it will dry out or freeze. If the distance is too large, then a stump is formed, where the infection can penetrate.

Some novice gardeners are wary of pruning the shoots so as not to harm them. However, without pruning, the decorative look will not have a thick and beautiful crown..

Video about spherical brittle willow

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