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Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)

Updated: Oct 6, 2019

The Weeping Willow is a rapidly growing tree that is well known for its drooping branches. They start off pretty high but then lowers all the way to the ground. Their mystical appearance makes most people want to go between these branches and hang out underneath. So what else can we find out about them?

Physical Description This tree is fast-growing, but it also is one of the shortest-lived trees. Growing up to 80 feet easily, but also dying 40-80 years after it starts to grow. The growth rate for this tree can be as much as 2 feet a year, which is much faster than many other trees. For instance, Oak trees grow at about half that speed. The main issue with bringing these specific trees to other areas of the world is the fact that they are sensitive to frosts and other diseases. This makes an otherwise short-living tree to die much earlier, and even lose their appeal. They can grow small and thin flowers in the spring, which grow into a small fruit that is only about a quarter inch. The leaves on the tree turn yellow during the fall and is a great food source for rabbits and deer. These trees also create a shelter for small birds and other animals, protecting them from the elements. Habitat and Location

These willows are native to dry areas in China, However, since they have been traded along the Silk Road, nowadays they can be seen all over the world, including in many areas of the US. Due to them being prone to damage by frost, they are mostly found in the Southeast US. Most Weeping Willow trees that we find today are a cultivar of this species. Check out this video below to learn more about these fascinating plants, and their appealing look:

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