Hi, I have the above willow. Last year it was lush with leaves, the balls that did not uncurl have stayed dead on the tree as it is so tall but this year there were hardly any balls and therefore very few leaves a lot of which came down before the Summer. I feel it needs pruning to help it but I am not sure which branches to take off as the trunk and branches are in a Y position. The conditions are good, clay soil etc near a stream but this only has water when it rains heavily and when the snows melt. I live in a National Park in Italy. Any help and adice would be greatly appreciated. PLEASE, I do not want to lose this tree.
I’m not sure what type of weather you have had in Italy, but if it was anything like here, the tree is probably stressed from lack of water. If you want to grow the willow as a tree form it shouldn’t need pruning. Here is a great site about willows and willow pruning to check out.