Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica) - trees - September 2017
These Weeping willows can be found on the Exe bridges roundabout, along the river Exe of Exeter, UK. === This graceful giant is known for its open crown of wispy, ground-sweeping branches and long, slender leaves. Often seen as one of the first indications of spring, the weeping willow’s yellow twigs and green foliage appear early in the season—sometimes as early as February. This is a shade tree, featuring a spreading canopy capable of blocking sunlight. The weeping willow grows to a height of 30–40' and a spread of around 35' at maturity. This tree grows at a fast rate, with height increases of more than 24" per year. Full sun and partial shade are best for this tree, meaning it prefers a minimum of four hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day. he weeping willow grows well in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well-drained and clay soils. It grows well near water but has some drought tolerance. The weeping willow is dramatic both in appearance and history. Few trees add as much grace to the landscape. Early in the history of interstate commerce, cuttings from this popular species were carried along the trade routes from China. Its occurrence along the Euphrates River eventually fooled the famous botanist, Linnaeus, into thinking this was the willow of biblical mention, so he gave it the scientific name of babylonica. Later, it was the shade of a weeping willow that helped comfort Napoleon during his exile on the Island of St. Helena. After Napoleon was buried under his favorite tree, cuttings from it became a valued prize among his admirers worldwide. Thrives in a wide range of soil and moisture conditions. Grows especially well near water. Produces yellow flowers borne on short catkins in April and May. Features long, narrow leaves with a light green color and a finely toothed margin that appear early in the spring. Yields a brown fruit ¼" in diameter, leaving no litter to speak of. Grows in a rounded shape. Weeping willow is dioecious, meaning male and female flowers grow on separate trees. === Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae (unranked): Angiosperms (unranked): Eudicots (unranked): Rosids Order: Malpighiales Family: Salicaceae Genus: Salix Species: S. babylonica Binomial name Salix babylonica
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