The Wind Whacks The Willow
Our neighbors across the street used to have a magnificent Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica) in their yard. Over the last few years, the tree has sustained storm damage several times. After our most recent storm, though, there really isn’t enough left to be worth saving.
I’ll regret the loss of this tree, but then again it’s a poor choice for the home garden. The roots are ravenous and are known to insert themselves where they aren’t wanted. Plus it’s just generally prone to breakage, disease, and insect pests.
After the storm: broken branches.
Planted along bodies of water in parks and public gardens, Weeping Willow is a magical tree. There are quite a few at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Despite the species name, Weeping Willows are actually from Northern China, not Babylon. If I had space to plant any Willow, it would be the Pussy Willow (S. discolor). Sadly, the full sun that Pussy Willows require is in short supply where we live.
Do you grow any kind of Willows in your garden?