Understanding the Weeping Willow

It is, perhaps, one of the most recognizable tree types in the world: the Weeping Willow. This deciduous tree species is famous for its drooping (or “weeping”) branches and leaves, which hang very low to the ground. At Cold Stream Farm, we are proud to carry Weeping Willows as many customers desire this tree’s beauty.

The Weeping Willow is a tree that must first be understood by those looking to plant and develop it.

It is a unique species with a varied set of characteristics unlike many others. And learning those traits can help in the tree’s cultivation.

First and foremost, where it grows: the Weeping Willow is native to northern China, but grows in relatively cold and temperate climates throughout America, Europe, and other parts of Asia. There are over 400 different kinds of willows, and the species itself is incredibly vulnerable to cross-cultivation.

As for care, the Weeping Willow tend to grow best near smaller bodies of water, and can be used to clear up water issues in a landscape. They bloom early in the spring, with a beautiful green foliage, which turns to gold as the late fall months arrive.

In terms of growth, Weeping Willow is a fast one. Within three years from seeding, the tree species is usually settled, and can grow up to eight feet a year—a rather remarkable pace. Most Weeping Willows, however, grow to be between 45 and 70 feet tall, and their width can be equal that, too—a size that can easily dominate, which growers must keep in mind. Yet Weeping Willows, unfortunately, do not stay around as long as some other tree types: the average age is around twenty to thirty years, but if taken care of, that can stretch to fifty.

If you’re interested in growing a Weeping Willow, contact us today at Cold Stream Farm with any questions you may have.