Please help, our desert willow is 1.5, got it free and it is growing sideways like a rainbow. It does get a few flowers, green leaves but not any taller and looks more like a bush. Cut back on the water but our soil is very clay based and I don't think it is getting enough drainage. Full sun in backyard. Has three trunk stems but no other branching like a tree.
Do we prune 2 of the thinner stems back?
Desert Willows do tend to get bushy and bend over a lot. Good news is they respond to corrective pruning very well! Identify the branch you want to be the main trunk and cut it just above a bud, above where it starts to bend over. Taking off that extra weight will allow the branch to straighten out.
Desert Willows love deep infrequent watering once they are established. Soak an area 6' out from the trunk once every two weeks or so, (more frequently for a new tree in the summer).
Thanks very much! Do we wait to prune until winter? Do we prune the other two stems back all the way and leave the one pruned as you have suggested?
Go ahead and make the corrective cut. But wait on the rest of your pruning until winter.
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