Do All Willows Weep?

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Weeping willows, with their long, swaying tendrils that blow in the breeze, are the best-known members of the willow family. There are more than 400 species of weeping willow trees, and most prefer to grow in moist areas, such as along the banks or ponds and streams. However, not all willows weep. There are also many other varieties of willow trees that lack the long, flowing tendrils of weeping willow species.

Common Non-Weeping Willow Varieties

If you want to have a willow tree on your property, but your soil is not moist enough to support it, your best bet is to plant a non-weeping willow variety, since these tend to tolerate dryer soil. Some non-weeping willow varieties to consider include:

Bebb Willow

This type of willow tree has an upright, conical shape. Its bark is dark and furrowed, and its leaves are dark green with an alligator-like texture. It's a smaller tree, which makes it ideal from planting along fence lines and in corners of garden beds. It tolerates a wide array of soils from marshy to dry and rocky.

Peachleaf Willow

A medium-sized tree that reaches about 40 feet in height, peachleaf willows can serve as shade trees in urban or rural yards. They are easy to grow, and while they thrive in wet areas, they will grow in dryer areas as long as irrigation is provided while the tree is young and still developing roots. The leaves are long and light green in color with a prominent central vein.

Common Varieties of Weeping Willows

If your land is wet and you love the beautiful, hanging tendrils of weeping willows, you still have several varieties to choose from, including:

Golden Weeping Willow

Known for its fast growth, the golden weeping willow can increase in height by up to 36 inches in a sngle season. It does require partial to full sunlight to thrive. Make sure you have plenty of space if you choose this variety, since it reaches 50 to 70 feet in height when mature. It is named for the color of its twigs.

Wisconsin Weeping Willow

If you don't have enough space for a large tree, try planting a Wisconsin weeping willow, which should mature to about 30 to 40 feet in height. There are several cultivars, but "Elegantissima" has the longest, most luxurious tendrils. Wisconsin weeping willows require full sunlight and a lot of moisture.

Willows are all beautiful trees, whether you choose a weeping or a non-weeping variety. They are also all fast-growing, so you can enjoy the beauty and shade of your yard's latest addition in just a few short years. For best results regardless of the variety you choose, purchase a small tree from your local landscape supply store, like Koster Stockyard Sales and Equipment Rental, rather than planting from seed.

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