Weeping Willow Tree

Weeping willow tree species are tall and their breaches fall like curtains all around the trunk, the very small leaves that look like arrows appear in early springs and last till late in the fall. At the beginning leaves have a golden color and get greener as they grow. Willows grow very fast and have powerful roots, which is why it is recommended to plant them near water courses to protect the soil from water erosion. Willows mustn't be planted near homes or pipes as they will probably destroy cables and the pipe infrastructure with their powerful roots.

A new weeping willow tree will grow very easily from a broken branch or a piece of root, and they can be effectively used on moist terrains that need to be drained; thus in a lake zone they can change the most boring landscape in a beautiful sight. The interesting fact about the weeping willow tree is that male and female flowers grow on separate trees, this being a species characteristic. The strange thing is that many times the flowers appear at different intervals of times making impossible for the male and female flowers to meet. It is also well known that if several species of willows are kept together they will mix in a tree family very soon.

The weeping willow tree habitat stretches from the arctic to the temperate zone, if it finds a good moistly terrain it will reach a height of fifty feet and a diameter of maximum three feet. Weeping willow trees have an important role in the culture of many countries, for example in China and Turkey they can be found near burial places as a symbol of sadness. Classical poets didn't mention this natural element very often in their works but beginning with the Elizabethan age the willow has been considered an epitome of love.

Despite the fact the English like to relate the weeping willow tree with love, the oldest meaning is given by the Bible where the willow stands for terrible grief, in Arabian stories the weeping willow tree also refers to penitence and suffering, not to mention that the ancients made the funeral torches out of willow wood. There is a story that claims that the death of Alexander the Great was predicted by a tree; the legend says that when he passed the Euphrates in a boat a willow swept his crown away. Returning to modern times the person who brought the weeping willow tree to Europe was a Turk merchant. It is no difficult thing to imagine how the species crossed the Atlantic afterwards and got integrated in the American landscape.

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