About This Plant

The weeping willow, scientifically known as Salix babylonica, is an iconic deciduous tree native to northern China. It is celebrated for its graceful weeping branches. Weeping willows are often planted for their dramatic and elegant appearance in gardens and landscapes, particularly near water bodies, where their reflection in the water enhances their beauty. They are a symbol of beauty and serenity in many cultures.

The Story


The leaves of the weeping willow are long, slender, and lance-shaped. They have a finely serrated or toothed margin, creating a delicate and feathery appearance. The leaves are typically bright green and have a slightly glossy surface. Due to their shape and arrangement, the leaves create a graceful and cascading effect, especially on the weeping branches for which the tree is named.


In spring, before the leaves fully emerge, weeping willows produce catkins. These are slender, cylindrical flower clusters that hang from the branches. The catkins are typically yellowish-green in colour.
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