Answer: Sudden wilting is never a good sign! Willows love water, but it sounds as though the vascular system has collapsed, keeping moisture from traveling to the leaves. Just to rule out some potential problems, cut one of the stems off and check for discoloration within the wood. Bacterial Twig Blight leaves brown streaks in the wood. Leaf blight is another destructive disease of willows. The best treatment at this point is to cut away the infected stems and branches, cutting down to healthy wood. Remove and destroy the pruned plant material. Routine pruning of Pussy Willows will promote the production of new flowering wood. In this case it may also save your tree.
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