Weeping Willow
Family: Salicaceae (View Members of Salicaceae)

Genus and species: Salix babylonica

Leaves: The leaves are about 2.5-5" (6-12cm) long and 1/4-1/2" (6-12mm) wide. (View Measured Leaf) They are lance-shaped, narrow and finely saw-toothed. They appear to be compound, but aren't because each is attached to a twig. They are green on top, paler beneath.(View Leaves)

Bark: The bark is gray, rough and deeply furrowed. (View Bark) The twigs are yellow-green to brown, drooping and unbranched.

Fruit: The fruit is 1/16" (3mm) long, brown, conical capsules, similar to those of the Quaking and Bigtooth Aspens.

Tree: The tree grows to be 60' (18m) tall, and has a spreading crown with many drooping twigs hanging from upright branches, as pictured to the left.

Range and Habitat: These trees are native of China, however, they are commonly planted and spread across North America. They are commonly found from Ontario south to Georgia, and west to Missouri. They are usually found in very moist soils, usually near a body of water.

Weeping Willow Tree (Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 9/29/02)
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