Weeping Willow

      FAMILY: Willow
      HEIGHT: 20 TO 50 ft.

      Weeping Willow, a native of China, was long ago introduced into Europe and the Middle East and later to this country. This is the willow of the Bible, the one that grew by the waters of Babylon. It is widely cultivated where soil is moist, especially in cities, as it is tolerant of smoke and grime. Weeping Willow is now wild in some areas.

      The narrowly lance-shaped leaves, similar to those of other Willows, are 3 to 6 in. long. The minute seeds are covered with white hairs. The bark is grayish brown and fissured. Like other Willows, it is easily grown from stem cuttings.