Weeping Willows are trees belonging to the Salicaceae family of plants. They are native to Asia, especially dry regions of China but can be grown in other parts of the world where the environment is suitable. It is often referred to as the “Chinese weeping willow”. The weeping willow is known for its beauty and peculiar tendency of drooping branches. It looks pacifying near a small pond or a lake. Here are some facts about the weeping willow.
Weeping Willow Appearance
A mature weeping willow will reach between 30 to 40 feet in height. It can span up to 35 meters wide.
A weeping willow is easily recognized by its curved branches that almost touch the ground. The leaves are a duotone, green above and gray-green underneath.
The weeping willow leaf is medium green at the top and gray green at the bottom. It can reach a length of 10 cm.
They belong to the deciduous category of trees, which means they shed their leaves in winter or autumn season to save water loss from perspiration.
Some species of weeping willow grow in the arctic and alpine areas in the form of shrubs.
Weeping Willow Growth
Weeping willows grow well in a range of soil conditions and thrive in full sun. Because of its large stature, a weeping willow is suitable for large landscapes and should not be grown in places lacking in space.
It looks best when grown at water’s edge.
Weeping willows are very robust and have no special requirements for hobby gardeners.
Although, their preferred temperatures are warmer, they can thrive well in winters. They can withstand temperatures upto -30 degrees Celsius.
Although these are also plants of the willow family (Salicaceae), they differ mainly in leaf shape and leaf length.
Weeping Willow has very strong roots that can break through concrete.
Weeping willow can have aerial roots.