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Willow, Weeping (Salix babylonica) potted tree, organic

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$15.00

Family: Willow (Salicaceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 10

Fast-growing perennial tree to 50 feet, native to China.  Grown from clones of our favorite giant weeping willow and these are extraordinarily well-rooted. They make the classic fountaining form.  Weeping willow prefers full sun and ever-moist soil (or daily watering) and will eventually tap into subterranean water if there is any, and in this way attain great size and produce volumes of life-giving shade for human and beast alike. Traditional usage (TWM):  Headache and general anti-inflammatory.  Source of salicin.  We use weeping willow shoot tea extensively in our propagation work, as it is loaded with plant hormones and works as an organic and farm-derived rooting medium.  To make the tea, simply cut the branch ends from spring growth of weeping willow and put out in the sun in a bucket of water, allowing the shoots to develop roots and fill the water with growth hormones.  Then use the tea to soak seeds before planting (especially recalcitrant ones) or water in cuttings so that they root more completely and faster.  It really works!  Its free.  And its a very good reason to have willow trees around.  Space trees 60 feet apart.

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  1. Question

    Crystal (verified owner)

    We have a newly dug pond with a tiny peninsula stretching out – I was thinking of planting my willow on that patch, but the Georgia clay has become mixed into the cultivated land itself…and it is thick! The land used to be heavily farmed in that area and it was sandy loam(ish) before the clay. If needed, what would you recommend to amend the soil??

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Crystal,
      Thanks for this thoughtful question. I think the tree would do fine on the peninsula. Any amendments you try to put in under the tree will soon be irrelevent–the tree will send its roots through them and be happy when it hits the water. What I do suggest is mulching around the tree after you plant it, using some neutral mulch that will deter weeds (and contains low or no weed seed itself!). Whatever’s easy from the local area–decomposed leaves, bark chips, pine needles–the tree would appreciate that. Richo

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  2. Question

    Kay

    Hi Richo,
    We have a pond that’s about 6 acres. In drought, it has a land bridge to one side that’s wide enough for a vehicle. Most of the time, it’s underwater, and the only thing that stays above water is a small hammock of land. It is mostly surrounded by water, between 5 and 20 feet deep in various places.
    I wanted to know if I could plant a willow tree on the hammock. It would almost always be dangling over water. If it would grow there, it would be so beautiful, and give little fish and other creatures a place to hide and play.
    Thanks in advance

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      you could plant a willow tree, and you could plant underneath it some european speedwell.

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    • Deborah Snyder

      Ricoh, what is european speedwell?
      TIA, Deborah

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi! its Veronica beccabunga–we do list it on this site as seeds and plants. otherwise known as brooklime, it is a blue-flowered creeper of muddy places. Considered similar to watercress but less palatable and medicinally similar to plantain. r

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  3. One person found this helpful
    Rachel Y.

    Beautiful, hardy, vigorous, and very low maintenance

    Rachel Y.

    We planted ours about 9 years ago now. Each year, it grows more and more beautiful. It has been through some pretty extreme weather here on the east coast, but it has remained very strong throughout it all. We love this tree so much, that we actually named it! It’s practically a member of our family. Thank you for sharing such a blessing with us!

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    • Jack nimble

      Do you carry willow root seeds

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi there, Willow doesn’t make seeds, we do have very nice potted trees of two different kinds of willow. r

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  4. Beautiful, hardy, vigorous, and very low maintenance

    Rachel Y.

    Weeping Willow Tree – approximately 9 years old

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