If you are looking for a tree to place on your landscape, Willows should be on the shortlist. These graceful, fast-growing trees bring beauty, and perhaps a bit of nostalgia, to your landscape. You probably have fond memories of a Weeping Willow tree from your childhood. Now that you have a property, you might want to grow one for yourself.
Find Weeping Willow trees for sale right here at Nature Hills Nursery. These pretty trees are widely variable and do really well in just about every USDA growing zone in the United States. They are very cold hardy and heat tolerant. They are quite adaptable to many soil conditions, as long as additional moisture is available when needed.
In a beautiful landscape, plants that bring motion and gentle "susurrus" sounds that capture the breeze create delightful experiences. If you remember the movie “Pocahontas” and her beloved Grandmother Willow Tree, you'll have a sense of why people all around the world love Willows. (While Willow trees will indeed "talk" to you, we can't guarantee that they'll provide any guidance.)
So Many Types of Willow Trees, So Many Uses
When it comes to the different types of Willow trees, there are more than 400 species of deciduous Willow trees worldwide. People have used willow wood as a renewable crop for millennia. Pollarded Willow trees give an annual crop of firewood and fencing, but that’s not the only use for this versatile tree.
Willow trees (Salix) have long been used for medicinal purposes, as the inner bark contains the rudimentary ingredients of aspirin to help you feel better from headaches. The wood has also been used for carvings, creating Willow figurines. You’ll find Willow wood used for making trapping triggers, bows, arrow shafts, and basket making. Willow withes have been harvested by humanity for a long time.
How to Use a Willow Tree in Your Landscape
Today, a great place to use Willow trees is in a Rain Garden. If you have a low spot in your landscape that collects water, plant a Willow tree to help soak up the runoff. Willows are fast-growing and extremely comfortable in wet areas, creek banks, and sites that can be irrigated during dry spells.
Just don’t plant Weeping Willows or other types of Willow trees too close to your house, as their roots will aggressively seek water. You don’t want them in your sewer lines.
Use Weeping Willow trees near ponds to create an incredible view from your porch. The bright green foliage that emerges in early spring is so pretty reflected in the water. They look like waterfalls of delicate foliage that shift and sway in every breeze.
If you live on a slope, plant Willow trees to help stabilize your soil and control erosion. If you need privacy, Hybrid Willows are very useful for screening because they are dense and super-fast growing.
Grow Willow trees in full sun for best results. They’ll give you a romantic, dappled shade. The Weeping Willows can be limbed up so you can walk underneath them. You’ll want to include a hammock or chaise underneath, so you can read and relax nearby. What a cool outdoor experience to gift yourself and the people you love.
All Types of Willow Trees Are Easy to Grow
All types of Willow trees are quite adaptable to many soil conditions. They transplant readily, are easy to care for, and offer rewarding results — even for the beginner gardener.
Willows can actually handle a bit of drought once they are established (although you may see some dropped leaves). If you do see Willows drooping, give them supplemental watering.
Some people do those funky pollard pruning cuts by cutting off all the branches at the same level. This is an ancient woodland management technique that was critical to help grow and gather firewood for cold winters. It was used in Europe and by the early American settlers.
Willows grow so fast; the new growth will hide any evidence of pruning by year’s end. If you are homesteading, consider using Willow trees as a readily available source of renewable energy.
The unique twisting branch shape of the Corkscrew Willow or the graceful branches of the Weeping Willow make either one an awesome focal point. Use the Flame Willow tree along a fence to give privacy and spectacular winter interest with its brightly colored stems.
French Pussy Willows develop those decorative catkins in early spring. Harvest branches and use in spring container gardens or bouquets. Don’t be surprised if your Willow branches take root. Shop the different types of Willow trees for sale today.