Sunday, January 8, 2012

The shapes of trees II

Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)

The natural weeping habit of this willow is revealed in winter. Even bare, it retains its ethereal appearance. Weeping willows are one of the first trees to leaf out in spring and one of the last to drop their leaves in fall.

These trees grow very fast, up to 10 feet per year, until reaching a height of up to 50 feet. Because of this rapid growth, they have a relatively short lifespan ― 20 to 30 years.

This willow does best on a large property where it can spread out and grow into the majestic tree that it is. And because willows love to have "wet feet," a site near a pond, stream bank or in a low-lying wet area is ideal. Click on the photo for a closer view.

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