Weeping willows – Tips for my garden

Characteristics of the weeping willow

The weeping willow is part of the Salicaceae family which includes about 400 species between shrubs and hardwoods. It is a tall, stocky and short tree, which can reach up to 20 meters in height with lanceolate, toothed and deciduous bright green leaves, arranged in a spiral. The thick, oval-shaped crown has long, flexible, hanging branches that can even reach the ground, while the roots are strong and very long. The male and female flowers are grouped in catkins and appear from the first days of spring. The willow fruits are wrapped in capsules which contain the seeds, the whole provided with a white down. The bark is rich in sap and this characteristic helps the plant to withstand the very humid environments in which it grows.

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