This tree was a gift from my mother in honor of her oldest great-granddaughter (my granddaughter) Natalie. It was planted August 2013. My mother, like myself, loves all kinds of trees and enjoys a variety of them for visual interest. She also loves her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and regularly seeks gifts that she can bestow on her loved ones that will remain long after she is gone. It is her way of reminding us that she loved us and will always love us even after she is no longer there to tell us herself. This is definitely the message that my heart hears loud and clear with no mistake. 🙂
Information about Weeping Willow Trees
Weeping willows are fast growing deciduous trees with drooping branches that sweep the ground. The leaves are long and slender. They emerge yellow-green in the spring, turn darker green in the summer, and turn yellow in the autumn. Weeping willows can grow to be 50 ft tall and nearly 50 ft wide at maturity. They have been known to grow 5 to 10 ft in a growing season. Their roots can be intrusive on septic systems and water pipes and should not be planted to close to the house. However, the roots can also be helpful in drying swampy and marshy areas as they drink up a lot of water.
They have medicinal qualities as well as beauty. For centuries people have chewed the bark of the weeping willow to treat headaches and to reduce inflammation and fever. The bark contains the chemical salicin which is similar to the chemical acetylsalicylic acid, an active ingredient in aspirin.