Help! My 5 year old weeping willow is dropping large green branches. Every week or so we find a large (2 to 3 inches in diameter) branch either hanging by a strip of bark or lying on the ground. The tree looks healthy other than a lot of woodpecker damage on the trunk. Is there anything I can do?
Indeed, weeping willows drop branches. Although they are a beautiful tree, many people have an aversion to them because of their behavior of dropping branches, weak trunks, and thier horrible habit of growing their roots into sewage lines and septic tanks.
If there is woodpecker damage on the trunk it may be a sign that your willow is infested with boring insects.