Weeping Willow Tree

Weeping Willow Tree


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Fall in Love with A Romantic Weeping Willow Tree

  • Instantly Recognizable
  • Romantic, Ground Sweeping Branches
  • Fast Growing
  • Adaptable
  • Heat and Cold Hardy

Everyone loves the familiar Weeping Willow tree (Salix babylonica). Its graceful, ground-sweeping branches add so much movement to your landscape. Best known for its rounded, romantic appearance with long sweeping branches, the Weeping Willow has so much to offer.

Spring comes early when you have a Weeping Willow; it’s one of the first trees to leaf out early in the spring with incredibly fresh, bright green leaves. You will love its narrow, sage green leaves swaying in the breeze through the summer.

The flexible branches grow up and out, dramatically arching up, then growing down to trail on the ground. In the fall, you will be delighted by how its golden yellow leaves develop intense fall color, as well.

If you are lucky enough to live on the water, you have an excellent soil type for a Weeping Willow. They’ll thrive when planted near a water source. The reflection of a willow tree in water is just as pretty as a picture.

There is no such thing as too much water for a Weeping Willow tree. If you have a spot in your yard with moist soil that stays wet or collects water, the Weeping Willow will help dry it right up.

Weeping Willows can adapt to drier soils as well. While it loves water, the Weeping Willow tree adapts well in many soil conditions, including some drought tolerance. Not many trees can handle that extreme, from very wet to dry.

It is also one of the fastest growing shade trees, with a growth rate of 8-10 feet a year. It will quickly reach its mature height and develop into one of your favorite plants.

It is fast to establish, growing quickly to beautify an area in the quickest amount of time. Every lake property or waterfront home should have one. Order today!

How to Use Weeping Willow in the Landscape

The Weeping Willow tree loves water and is often planted near ponds to prevent erosion. You’ll love the look of one or more planted at the edge of the lake or pond.

Use several dotted here and there on either side of a river or stream for a natural, gorgeous look. Try one as an anchor tree in a new Rain Garden or runoff swale to catch rainwater in a low area.

Plant one to completely block out an ugly boathouse, or other unsightly views in just a few short years. The privacy it creates is airy and friendly.

Most people love using them as a specimen plant that is allowed to grow naturally. Let the branches hang to the ground in an area that does not need to be maintained beneath.

Kids love sitting under the shady shelter of the branches. Keep your eye out for evidence of their “Forts” and “Clubhouses” under the canopy of the Weeping Willow tree. What a marvelous memory to gift your family!

The strong and flexible willow tree can be a wonderful reminder to work with life conditions, rather than fighting them. People often plant Weeping Willows to commemorate loved ones who have passed. Their beauty – and ability to survive in challenging conditions – can be a real helpmate during the rough first years of grief. Weeping Willow trees are a symbol of hope and growth, and they bring butterflies to your landscape.

#ProPlantTips for Care

There are some special considerations for Weeping Willow trees. To truly enjoy them, please understand their needs and allow for their nature to fully shine in the right setting. More than most, proper site selection is key for a successful relationship with the Weeping Willow that will add value to your property.

These large trees are often planted near lakes, rivers, or ponds to prevent the soil from eroding. Their surface rooted, aggressive root systems will help to keep the soil in place.

Do not plant this tree near a septic system, septic tank or drainage field, or near a pool, water main or underground water sources. Give it space, and it will be a fine, picturesque tree for you. If you are interested in learning more about information on invasive tree roots, click here for our blog!

It’s difficult for grass to grow under a Willow tree. Instead, consider simply using mulch beneath the tree. Then, let the branches hang down naturally and keep life simple for yourself.

Weeping Willow is one of the last to lose its leaves in the fall. If you grow it in a mulched area, you really won’t even need to do any leaf cleanup.

These fast growing trees thrive in either full sun or partial shade.

Plant the Weeping Willow tree in your yard to experience how this mystical tree has caught the attention of artists and storytellers for hundreds of years. Order today!

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