About 400 species of willow grow around the world, mostly in
the northern hemisphere. They range in size from low creepers to tall trees. Aspirin
was originally derived from willow bark but it caused some health problems.
Later, a synthetic aspirin provided the benefits of willow extract without the
worst side effects.
The original weeping willow was a weeping form of the Peking willow. The commonest weeping willow in the U.S. today is a
hybrid between the Peking
willow of China
and the white willow of Europe. This hybrid is
characterized by yellow stems and a greater tolerance of humid conditions.
Confusion regarding these names continues in popular literature. Weeping
willow grows quickly but it tends to be short-lived in northeast Florida.
See these plants on the west side of building 42, the College of Business.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: a moist site is necessary, tolerates temporary flooding
Soil: moist, poorly drained soils, no other specific requirements
This is an easy tree to grow in northeast Florida.
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