Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Willow Galls

So last week I went outside and found this large bush full of these things.

They're cool and fuzzy and look like some sort of bud.

This is the type of branch they were on. 

Willow.  And I remembered it being a regular old willow.  Nothing special. The problem is that willow bushes don't have buds like that.

So either someone had uprooted my wild willow and planted some exotic cutie with fuzzy cone-ish buds or ..... well, I didn't know what. 

So I took the pics and  looked it up.

I heart Google.  I searched for 'willow cone image' and found other pics just like the top one.   And when I followed the links, I ended up at this post:  http://www.blogsmonroe.com/nature/2010/02/gnat%E2%80%99s-not-a-pine-cone/

You have to go there and read the whole post.   The guy is hilarious.

Long story short, this isn't a bud, it's a gall formed by gnats - or any of a number of other things like the gnats or that like to eat the gnats.

Now I'm wondering if I should leave 'em alone, or cut 'em off and burn 'em before we have an infestation of some kind.   

What do you guys think?


  1. I'm sharing this with B! He's been obsessed with willows... :)

  2. Hi Robin, Aside from the smile on my face........I see you have the willow bush stems to make that willow juice, non-toxic, natural rooting water I told you about the other week. I hope you found the youtube download interesting. Please let me know if you make it and found it works....I don't have access to willow trees..although there are a few still to be found around my country, we are a water-poor country and they are considered a category two alien invasive tree ( a water robber).:-)

    1. So far so good! The elderberries are planted and still alive. There was a bit of die off on the lower leaves of 2 of the starts, but good growth above it. We've had enough rain to keep them good and damp, so we're very hopeful that they'll live.


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