Weeping willow is a beautiful mass of long hanging branches. Its lighter green narrow leaves are 4-5 inches long and lighter on the underneath. When the wind blows, the Weeping willow tree makes a soft rustle sound and is beautiful to see. It prefers alot of water and grows well along pond and marsh edges. It tolerates most soils with a pH level 5-6 that will continually be wet. The leaves are one of the first leaves to arrive in the spring. Many of the Weeping willows have a short span between the ground and the first branch. This makes the ideal tree for kids and goats to climb. The bark is gray and a little rough with grooves, but that does not deter those who want to climb it. Goats love to eat the leaves of the tree. They will even climb onto low branches to feed on them. The branches can root themselves if they reach the ground and the soil is ideal. It grows 30-50 feet tall, but taller ones have been recorded. It is a native to China and hardy in zones 6-8. It prefers full sun. The Weeping willow is often seen in the Southern states of the United States. The warmer climate makes the perfect residency for the sun-loving tree. The hanging branches make a perfect shady spot. It is cooler beneath a willow compared to other trees, because of the weeping layers of branches that are able to keep out the sun. It does not get a flower, but has catkins. They are small silvery green 1-inch pods that appear in the spring of the year. Plant it near water with plenty of space. Take advantage of the coolness of the shade and add a bench beneath the tree.