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Daemon
Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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The Weeping Willow

Easily recognized by its long drooping branches and leaves, the weeping willow belongs to the Salicaceae family of deciduous trees and shrubs. It is native to China, but, as willow cuttings generally take root quite easily, it has been cultivated elsewhere for millennia. Legend has it that all of England's weeping willows are descended from a cutting sent to Lady Suffolk from Spain. Though it is widely cultivated for ornamental purposes, the weeping willow is used by some to serve what function? More...
TB Turtle
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Weeping Willow a very intrusive tree, therefore, a plumbers dream. However, quite a beautiful tree.
Vit Babenco
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One of my favourite trees.
Alice M Toaster
Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014 9:22:09 AM

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Though cultivated for ornamental purposes, the weeping willow is also used to create windbreaks in order to protect agriculture, and particularly around the oases of the Gobi Desert.

Yes, Vit Babenco, they are gorgeous. My neighbor has one that's just huge.

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Gary98
Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014 10:30:42 AM

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Alice Morgan wrote:
Though cultivated for ornamental purposes, the weeping willow is also used to create windbreaks in order to protect agriculture, and particularly around the oases of the Gobi Desert.

Yes, Vit Babenco, they are gorgeous. My neighbor has one that's just huge.


Wait till a soft wind blows, and you can either watch her from afar, or have a nice little dream from under. Watch out your neighbor's nasty cat though, I heard it fight fiercely for the best spot there.
Crispina F
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I love the nature!
striker
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great looking tree but low root structure that easy for wind to uproot it
johnfl
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WHERE DID IT GET IT`S NAME?Pray
Milica Boghunovich
Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014 3:22:44 PM
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The weeping willow! What a marvel of God's creation!
monamagda
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The wonderful,useful,multipurpose Weeping Willow

USES

Fodder: The leaves and tender shoots are used as fodder for cows and goats in some areas. The fodder compares favourably with lucerne. In a survey carried out in Bumthang district, Bhutan, in 1982, Salix babylonica was found to be among the preferred fodder trees by farmers.

Apiculture: The flowers are a good source of honey.

Fuel: Wood and branches of S. babylonica were traditionally used for fuelwood in China.

Fibre: S. babylonica is a source of pulpwood and produces good quality newsprint paper also used for wrapping papers and high grade Kraft paper. Branches are used for basket making.

Timber:
Weeping willow wood is usually reddish-brown, light and soft, with a straight grain, and of moderate density (325-450 kg/cu. m). It is widely used for furniture, packing cases, agricultural tools, fibreboard, plywood and mine poles.

Medicine:
Leaves and bark have astringent and tonic properties. Catkins and young twigs antipyretic. A leaf infusion is given to rheumatics.

SERVICES

Erosion control: Planting the tree along riverbanks prevents soil and water erosion, wave-shock and minimizes sediment deposition. In New Zealand, willows are widely grown for soil conservation purposes, where they are the most abundant exortic species after Pinus radiata.

Shade or shelter: Weeping willow is an important tree species for farmland shelterbelts.

Ornamental: S. babylonica is also valuable as an ornamental garden and park tree. The male is mainly the one planted for ornamental purposes.

Pollution control:
It tolerates high levels of sulfur dioxide.

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Pieter_Hove
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Vit Babenco wrote:
One of my favourite trees.


To me also. In memories and today.
Fredric-frank Myers
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Many of these trees bordered the river leading into and through our Minnesota town. I remember their beauty from my childhood.
7Thunders
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The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character.
7Thunders
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It is a struggle; for though the black man fights passively, he nevertheless fights; and his passive resistance is more effective at present than active resistance could possibly be. He bears the fury of the storm as does the willow tree.
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