Weeping Willow Tree

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Weeping Willow/Salix babylonica Hardy Planting Zones - Zones 4-9 Mature Height- 30-50 feet Mature Width-25-30' feet Bloom Season- April and May Sun or Shade- Full sun to partial shade

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Weeping Willow Tree 

The Weeping Willow Tree is native to Northern China and is one of the fastest growing shade trees, usually growing over 24 inches per year. As a sapling, the tree starts as a thin trunk with few branches. As it grows, the branches grow up and then curve downward which forms the canopy. It is supported by a stout trunk.  This deciduous tree grows great by water and is even able to absorb standing water. Although they grow especially well by lakes and rivers, they can adapt to other soil types including sandy, moist, acidic, clay, and many others. They even have some drought tolerance.  It should receive at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight per day.   Yellow to silver-green blooms appears in April and May. The leaves are 6-8 inches long, light green, and narrow. Leaves are also long-lasting, often being one of the first to produce leaves in the spring and last to lose its leaves in the fall. During the fall, leaves turn yellow before falling to the ground. The bark is a reddish brown color during the winter. 1/4 inch brown fruit grows on the leaves, but produce little to no litter. The tree usually lives about 30 years.

Weeping Willow Tree 

A Short Guide On: Weeping Willows
The Weeping Willow is one of the most recognizable trees in the United States, often seen in television shows and movies and known for its romantic, and stately appearance. This Willow is typically a tall tree with branches that hang loosely and gracefully. The leaves on Weeping Willows are green or yellow. This tree can grow up to 40 feet tall, and the average height is typically between 30 and 35 feet tall. Known by the scientific name Salix babylonica, The Weeping Willow is believed to represent “strength, flexibility, and fertility” and is known for the branches having the ability to bend without breaking.

The Weeping Willow can survive in a wide array of climates and soils and is a very flexible, durable, and amenable tree. Originally found in China, the Weeping Willow can now be found in the Middle East, Europe, and North America as well as its home country of China.

The optimal growing conditions for the Weeping Willow include being near water. The thirsty roots of Willows enjoy drinking up available moisture and prefer to be near lakes, rivers, and even ponds. The ever-adaptable Weeping Willow can grow and thrive in an abundance of different types of soil, and although this Willow loves moisture and water, it can stand to be in mainly dry climates and soil types.

A person interested in growing a Weeping Willow should know that it’s a natural tree to establish and can be grown from a cutting. Considerations for growing this tree include an understanding that while fully established Weeping Willows are highly adaptable, younglings need to grow near water and have access to steady sunlight. Furthermore, Willow roots can be quite fragile when growing although these roots will eventually grow deep into the soil and spread several feet past the length of the rest of the tree.

In conclusion, Weeping Willows are beautiful, shade trees that add a unique quality to everywhere they are planted.

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