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Weeping Willow – Gently Arching Beauties
Why Weeping Willow (Salix Alba 'Pendula')?
Salix Alba 'Pendula', often known as weeping willow, is native to arid regions of northern China; however, it has been grown for millennia in other parts of Asia and exported over the Silk Road to southwest Asia and Europe. It is a medium to large-sized deciduous tree, reaching up to 20–25 m tall, although it only lives between 40 and 75 years. It is a dioecious plant, meaning the male and female catkins grow on different trees. The blooms are collected in catkins produced early in the spring.
It is a typical tree in northern China, mostly planted to produce wood and shelterbelts, especially useful in the areas around the oasis in the Gobi Desert to shield agricultural land from the winds.
In the Chinese region, the bark of weeping willow is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, fevers, and jaundice, while the leaves treat fevers, skin eruptions, and blood purification.
In addition to being a source of food for rabbits and deer, the branches of these trees provide excellent places for birds to nest. When planted near water, they can prevent soil erosion.