The graceful shape of the weeping willow tree makes it a favorite for large backyards. Willows are fast-growing deciduous trees that, in the wild, thrive in moist areas such as along creeks. Expect your willow tree to reach 30 to 50 feet tall and just as wide. Weeping willow trees need lots of sunshine and adequate room for their deep roots. Weeping willows are hardy to USDA zones 5 to 9.
Cut a piece of two-year old wood from the willow tree. The branch should be 1 inch in diameter and 12 to 16 inches long. Remove all leaves from the lower part of the cutting, leaving just a few at the top.
Pour equal parts of coarse sand and potting mix into the planter.
Push the cutting into the soil until only 1 or 2 inches remain exposed. Pack the soil well.
Water the cutting and don't allow the soil to dry out while the cutting roots.
Place the potted cutting in a shady area, protected from wind.
Check the cutting for signs of rooting. When you can turn the pot over and the willow falls easily from the pot, it is time to move it to its permanent home.