The weeping willow is an enormous tree that is known for its slender leaves and long branches. It's leaves are the first sign of spring and start to appear as early as February. Yellow flowers also bloom on this beautiful tree around April and May along with a type of brown fruit. These trees are generally easy to root and grow rapidly sometimes they even grow up to 24 inches a year ! They can reach up to 30 or 40 feet and they are extremely wide. You can find weeping willows either alone or in groves near large bodies of water. They can mostly be found in hardiness zones 6-8 and they thrive in a number of different soils and moisture conditions. Some of the soils the weeping willow can be found in include: acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well-drained and clay soils. Clearly this tree adapts well because as I stated earlier it usually lives near water; however, it can very well sustain itself in drought conditions. It is important to note that this tree should be grown in full sunlight! While it needs sunlight to thrive these trees can be great when looking for shade and add such grace and beauty to any landscape they are a part of. A fun fact about the weeping willow is that while it is beautiful it is also very useful! It produces salicylic acid, which was the model for our modern day aspirin. One thing to remember when trying to decide whether or not you want to have this type of tree is that it is not a lot of maintenance. By this I mean that they do not shed a lot so there's not much to clean up as with other kinds of trees.
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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