We see this tree a lot here in the Treasure Valley, so today we wanted to take a little bit of time and talk about the many interesting, cool, and fun facts that surround the weeping willow and perhaps talk a bit about some of the non-desirable aspects of the tree that homeowners and landscapers may want to consider before planting.
Did you know…?
Did you know that the weeping willow tree actually did not get its name from the branches that weep in a downward position? In fact, it’s not even close. Native to China, the Chinese thought it would be fitting to name the tree “weeping” due to how rainwater looks like a tear after it drips off the curved branches.
- Shade: Willow trees create maximum shade for your yard due to their size, the shape of their branches and the lushness of their foliage. As long as they have sufficient room to grow and sufficient enough water, this tree is hardy and tolerant to many regions and soil types.
- Climbing: Because of the openness of the interior and the configuration of their branches, this tree is perfect for teaching beginners and children on how to safely climb trees utilizing proper arborist gear and equipment.
- Fast-growing: It is well known the willow trees can grow up to 8-10 feet per year. Because of that fact they can also quickly dominate a landscape.
- Diseases: Willow trees are notorious for getting diseases. Unfortunately, because they put so much energy into getting big, they put very little into their defense mechanisms. Diseases include cytospora canker, bacterial blight, tarspot fungus, and others.
- Shedding: Just like the poplar tree, Willow trees shed a lot of their material onto your lawn and property. A single wind storm can land you a solid hour of rake time just to keep things at a healthy level.
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