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Sunday - February 07, 2016

From: Weatherford, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Planting, Trees
Title: Replanting a Desert Willow
Answered by: Anne Van Nest

QUESTION:

My desert willow was damaged badly in a winter storm and had to be taken down. Do I need to remove the old root system below grade when I plant a new desert willow?

ANSWER:

Yes, it is much better for the new desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) if you can dig/saw/chop out as much of the old desert willow root system as possible. This will give the new plant more room for the roots to grow.

 

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Desert willow
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Desert willow
Chilopsis linearis

Desert willow
Chilopsis linearis

Desert willow
Chilopsis linearis

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