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I want to replace a sickly globe willow tree in my front, south-facing, sloping lawn. There are underground utility (water, gas, sewer) and irrigation lines running through the area. What trees would work best in this area?

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Any of the trees listed in USU Extension's publication "Selecting and Planting Landscape Trees" (

http://extension.usu.edu/forestry/HomeTown/Select_SelectionandPlanting.htm should work in your situation. In our urban lots, there are utility lines running all over the place. Unless that area is specifically an easement that should be left tree-free, any and all trees that can tolerate summer heat should do just as well.http://utahpests.usu.edu/plantdiseases/htm/ornamental/slime

Globe willow is often infected with slime flux, a bacterial disease that is soil-borne, avoid replacing the globe willow with a species that is also susceptible to that disease. Look at this website for more information on slime flux and susceptible species:

Good gardening!

Posted on 19 Apr 2007

Maggie Wolf
Horticulture Agent, Salt Lake County

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