Weeping Willow Live Stake Cuttings - Salix Babylonica
The weeping willow, or Salix babylonica, belongs to the Salicaceae family and is believed to have originated in China. The giant trees characteristically have long, sweeping branches that droop downward and bear long, slender leaves. The species can grow to heights of up to 50 feet. The cascade of branches is also often as full as the tree is tall. The famous shade tree is prized for its fast-growing ability, which may be as much as 24 inches in a single season.
Where to Grow
The trees can survive in growing zones 4 through 10 as long as they receive a sufficient amount of water. They prefer direct or partial sunlight. Willows are also able to thrive in a variety of soils and different pH levels varying from acidic to alkaline. They have been known to grow in clay, dirt, sandy, loamy or moist environments.
The long, delicate branches have lance-shaped leaves that range from three to six inches in length. Depending on the region where the trees are planted, their green leaves may appear as early as February, which indicates the first signs of spring. The willow produces a brown capsular fruit that measures approximately one-half inch in length. In autumn, the leaves turn yellow before shedding.
Weeping willow trees can grow up to 8 feet per year.
While young, prune the tree to ensure that it has a robust and main trunk. From the main trunk, the young tree must also undergo training to ensure that the branches create wide, strong forks. Otherwise, the central part of the tree will be more susceptible to breaking as the tendril-like outgrowths sway with the wind. The weeping willow is also easily replicated by simple cuttings from the mother tree.
The trees are prized for the amount of shade they create. They are also ideal for nesting birds.
This very romantic tree is popular for its flowing, sweeping branches. It can grow in most areas in the US.
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