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Salicaceae - Willow
See also Peachleaf Willow description.
Leaves: Alternate; simple; pale beneath; narrow-lanceolate; deciduous.
Twigs/buds: Twigs greenish-gold to greenish-brown, can be reddish-brown on upper surface, mostly hairless; very long and flexible; hanging or drooping (hence, the name "weeping willow"). Buds long; only one outer scale visible (like other willows).
Flowers/fruit: Flowers dioecious; yellow catkins, upright, fuzzy; inconspicuous, 1" long. Fruit found in clusters of light brown capsules, cone-shaped, 1/16" long; seeds cottony, ripen late in May to early in June.
Bark: Grayish-brown, rough; irregularly furrowed.
Wood: Brittle or weak; little information available.
General: Native to China. Popular shade tree with a weeping or drooping form. Grows fast, short-lived. Weak wood and/or branch structure. Prefers abundant water. Rarely should be planted, though limited use in specific situations may be justified.
Landscape Use: Many people like this tree. Like most willows, however, it has a lot going against it. It needs quite a bit of water, has weak wood from the trunk to the twigs, and grows too fast for most locations. Graceful, weeping habit is a plus, but this often can be achieved with better species. The form usually found is a female. Zones 5-8. Golden weeping willow (S. alba 'Tristis') is another willow with a weeping form that also is called weeping willow.
Cultivars: 'Annularis', 'Blue Fan', 'Crispa'.
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