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Overview

The weeping willow tree is one of the most easily recognizable deciduous trees due to its gently "weeping" branches and foliage. Often found beside pond and river banks, the weeping willow adds grace, beauty and shade to many landscapes.

Some species of weeping willow reach a height of up to 100 feet. image by "Cherry" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: jurvetson (Steve Jurvetson) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

History

Although a native of China, the weeping willow is now widely grown in North America and other countries. Weeping willow bark was used medicinally by Native Americans to treat headaches. The bark contains salicylic acid, an ingredient later used to make aspirin.

Identification

The weeping willow has a short, stout trunk and long, pendulous branches with narrow, green leaves. Its small, yellow flowers bloom in April or May and are not showy.

Considerations

The weeping willow enjoys full sun to partial shade, and thrives in a variety of soils. It is a fast-growing tree that is propagated in spring by rooting the cuttings of softwood in deep soil.

Maintenance

Gardeners prune overly-long branches in late winter or early spring before the buds open. Regular removal of crowded branches will maintain a freely-weeping appearance.

Warnings

The invasive roots of the weeping willow travel a great distance from the trunk and can damage sewer or water lines and septic tanks. The tree is susceptible to some pests and diseases, including aphids, tent caterpillars, powdery mildew, crown gall and canker.

Famous Ties

Claude Monet painted a series of weeping willow tree scenes to honor the fallen French soldiers of World War I.

References

  • Weeping Willow Fact Sheet
  • Information on the Weeping Willow
  • Weeping Willow Species Information

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Aja Rivers is a New England native who has been writing professionally for nine years. Her poetry has appeared in "Tiger’s Eye: A Journal of Poetry," "Main Channel Voices" and "The Aurorean." She has an associate's degree in science from Cape Cod Community College and a paralegal certificate from Gloucester County College. Rivers is also a certified all-breed dog groomer.