Weeping Willow Trees

In all my years of gardening not only my garden but many others, I have discovered that there is one tree that I always enjoy to work with. The weeping willow, both common species and its family, are a delight to work with. They can develop in many different soil kinds, be any size or arrangement you like, have an exciting history and can also help you with your headache.

Its elegant branches greatly reaching toward the earth have encouraged poets and have been an issue of mythology for hundreds of years. It has been a captivation with poets and college students alike. Authors from Hans Christian Anderson, William Shakespeare, and J.K. Rowling have pondered about the grand willow. Willows have shown up in the Bible, old Persian literature, old Japanese legends, and Native American belief and even in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings books.


There are around 300 different species that form the genus Salix. Mostly they can be growing in moist soils and mild regions of the north hemisphere. Willows have plentiful, watery sap. Their bark is soft, versatile with tough wood below. Their roots are typically big, coarse and quite intrusive. It is definitely a good idea to place them away from subterranean pipes and foundations.

The willow is a fast growing tree. Like the majority of fast growing trees, it has a relatively short life-time. Of course, like most fast growing trees, the wood is fairly weak and likely to breaking up during heavy storms. There are some cultivars that have been designed to be more durable than others. The tree is gorgeous to look at all times through year, but is of special interest in the fall and wintertime when the leaves have fallen. The distorted and curled limbs are really eye catching towards a backdrop of evergreens, or next to the blue sky, or when coated with a layer of snow.

The weeping willow tree is mostly appreciated for its attractive appeal. Even though it has a lengthy list of therapeutic and commercial uses. Aspirin was formulated from the bark of the white willow. The bark includes a substance called salicylic acid. It has also been use for inflammation, heartburn, stomach discomfort, and some types of bleeding. All through the years its branches have been applied for home furniture, boxes, broom handles, and flutes. It is also a popular for making baskets.

When people ask my view on what trees they should involve in their gardening plan you can be positive that some type of the weeping willow tree is on top of that recommendation list.