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Due to its beauty and unusual appearance, the willow globule is very popular in the parks and garden areas of our country. Even planting only this decorative look, you can create very original compositions and entire gardens. Such trees are well suited to a curly hairstyle, they are traditionally used in single or group plantings and as hedges.
Willow globular in landscape design
Some people for landscape design tend to purchase only exotic ornamental plants. And completely forget about the most simple, unpretentious trees, which in beauty are not inferior to southern brothers. To such trees is a willow brittle globular, which grows throughout Russia.
For the registration of the site it is sufficient to find this tree in spring. Cut a couple of twigs from it and put them in the ground. And in the next season you will have a globular decorative masterpiece. For better visibility, we attach a photo of a willow globular in the landscape design of the garden plot.
Iva fragile grows to 15 - 20 m. Its branches with leaves are concentrated at the top of the crown and give the tree a very attractive appearance. Has large lanceolate leaves, with small notches along the edges, the upper side is green, and the lower one is of bluish color. In the autumn period, the foliage becomes yellow-green in color. Flowering of the willow globular begins in May and coincides with the bud opening. Glossy shoots are olive-colored, they plant very well when planted.
The tree is unpretentious, resistant to frost and perfectly tolerates pruning. This kind of willow looks very picturesquely in single and group planting for 3 - 4 pcs. And also looks great in combination with birches and fir trees on large plots.
In the case of a breakage, there is a variety called the Bulat's willow. The tree is of average height, about 7 m, although sometimes it grows to 15 m. And its crown width can reach 8 m. The crown of the tree is very dense, beautiful, regular spherical sometimes domed. The outstretched pointed dark green leaves are concentrated at the top of the crown. The shoots are olive green.
Bulat is unpretentious, resistant to winds. It does not freeze even in severe frosts, can withstand up to -50 degrees.
The main advantage of this willow is that it is ideal for shaping. With the help of trimming, you can make any shape or height of the plant. Most often used to create compositions along with large, tall ornamental trees. One or two willows or several such trees look particularly picturesque on the shore of the pond, they can also be used for hedges.
As a result of the work of the Ural breeder, Shaburov, one more decorative frost-resistant variety was made-a spherical dwarf willow. This ball in diameter can reach up to 3 m, with frequent pruning it becomes denser. Annual shoots have a reddish color. Leaves small 5 - 10 mm, with small notches along the edges and slight pubescence on both sides.
Characterized by high winter hardiness, resistance to pests and infections, perfectly tolerates pruning. Great for forming hedges and garden bonsai.
Features of the planting of willow globular
In planting and care, the willow-shaped willow is quite unpretentious. But it is necessary 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 the dried sand. But the best for him is a clay fertile land where there is a lot of moisture.
It is desirable to plant the plant in the spring, (April-May), when the soil is still damp. Moreover, this time coincides with the pruning, so you can use cut branches for reproduction.
Spherical willow reproduces easily by cuttings. Let's figure out what to do for this.
- In the spring, it is necessary to select annual shoots on the tree, which can be easily recognized by the presence of the kidneys.
- Shoots should be cut into cuttings of 20 - 30 cm, always leaving 5 - 7 buds above.
- Then select the thickest cuttings and plant them half the length into the ground.
- The primer should be moist and tightly in contact with the cuttings, so after planting they are thoroughly watered.
- After about a couple of weeks, the plant will release strong roots. All this time it needs good watering.
Shoots should be cut in early spring, before the buds bud. Otherwise, the rooting will go much worse or not at all. While timely cuttings are well established even without special stimulants.
Selection varieties, such as the willow globular dwarf Shaburova, 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.
Root cuttings preferably not in water, but immediately in the soil. Despite the fact that in the glass with water the cuttings start up roots more quickly, during the landing in the ground with them, problems may arise. Often this simple procedure can lead to their death.
Care for globular and pruning
For trees to grow well, they need the right care, watering and recharge.
This plant is very fond of moisture, so the first year after planting with willow globular requires abundant watering. And in a hot summer, an adult tree requires additional irrigation of the crown.
Every year, in early spring, the soil around young plants should be loosened and make complex fertilizers. At the end of the summer, it is desirable to fertilize the soil with superphosphate and potassium sulfate.
Willow globular in the landscape design of the site necessarily requires shaping. The first year after planting the tree is better not to cut. And when you reach a height of 1 m, you need to start pruning.
What is this procedure? In early spring, young shoots should be cut to 15-20 cm, with the need to leave the kidneys at the ends of branches. Cut off the shoots at an angle so that water does not stagnate on the surface of the cut. It can cause rotting wood.
It is necessary to maintain the optimal distance between the cut and the nearest kidney. If you cut off back to the kidney, there is a risk that it will dry up or freeze. If the distance is too large, then a stump is formed, where the infection can penetrate.
Some beginning gardeners are afraid to cut off shoots so as not to harm them. However, without trimming the decorative look will not have a dense and beautiful crown.