Weeping Willow Tree. A Mighty Fast Grower.
As a child one of my favorite trees in the yard was the weeping willow tree. Unique and graceful, the drooping branches within arms reach were enough to stimulate a young imagination.
Though I never did succeed at swinging on the branches like tarzan, it was a fun tree.
Some Weeping Willow Tree facts.
Willows are great shade trees growing 50 ft tall and 35 ft wide. They’re fast growers, putting on 10 feet a year! A water loving plant, so keep them away from your homes waterlines, but plant them near still standing water and watch them suck up drainage problems for good. Theyre still somewhat drought tolerant. And they’re true winners being one of the first trees to show its leaves and one of the last to lose them.
My favorite fact, they’re super easy to root. Cut some branches, strip the bottom leaves, stick them in a bottle of water and set it out in the sun. 18 short days later, ROOTS! big ones… AND its said that Willows make their own rooting hormone, so the water left behind can be used to help root other plants.
One of the coolest stories about rooting willows was on a message board, where a man, while in his youth, used the branch of a Weeping Willow Tree as a support pole in his fort. The next spring he came back and the pole had sprouted new growth and was growing into a brand new tree!
They’re so easy and fun to propagate, I couldn’t help going a little crazy! But this time, it seems it doesn’t really matter if im prepared with enough space or the right soil or a fence to keep the deer out. No matter where I plant these guys, as long as they get water, they should grow well.
Just starting out in May. What I didn’t realize, cuttings can be so much bigger than this and still root well and grow bigger and faster.
Growth by July
Same row at the end of August
Another row with slightly larger cuttings. This row stands 2 feet tall already, even after I trimmed them back pretty hard! I obviously should have given them a little more space to grow in, but Im confident that they’re hardy enough to move during this years dormancy period.
Another plus (i hope) from shoving them all together… some of the lower branches grew straight sideways, reaching for light under the incredible top growth. I have a feeling this will create some very interesting trunks. I’ll let you know!
One last experiment. I tried the ‘fort post’ method and cut a branch about 1/2 inch in diameter and 3′ tall, trimmed the top evenly and stuck it in the ground. The leaves are kind of dry, but its not dead yet. Hopefully that will be a successful post for the future! I’ll keep it watered and cross my fingers.
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