Tree Caring and Planting Information
Weeping Willow Trees (Salix)
All of our bare-root trees are shipped to you via the United States Priority Mail. The roots of all the trees will be wrapped in damp shredded paper to insure freshness. The trees are then placed in a plastic tube within a cardboard strong box for shipping. The tops of some trees have been intentionally cut back to encourage branching and to help the tree survive the transplant. All bare-root trees will need planted as quickly as possible. Even if it is still cold outside, plant your tree shortly after it arrives and water thoroughly and frequently. Dig a hole approximately twice the size of the tree's root. Fill the bottom half of the hole with topsoil and plant the tree in the top half with the base of the tree at the soil line or just below. Fill in the rest of the hole with topsoil and slightly tamp the soil around the tree. Mulch your tree with 2" of shredded hardwood bark to insulate the roots and prevent water from evaporating around the tree. Your newly transplanted tree will need a lot of care the first year. It is not uncommon for a newly planted tree to die back a little or even loose its first set of leaves the first year. Do not fertilize your tree the first year, but do give it plenty of water. Once your tree is established (after the first year), it will require little care.
A Weeping Willow is grown for its majestic size, fast growth rate, and graceful appearance. The green Weeping Willow can reach a mature height of 30’ - 50’ and a width of 50’. The Corkscrew Willow can reach a mature height of 30’ and a width of 30’. A Weeping Willow prefers full sun and acidic soil. A Willow is often planted on the banks of streams or lakes to prevent erosion or to shade other slow-growing trees. The softwood branches of a Willow can be bent into furniture or baskets. Prune out dead or damaged branches in summer or fall. These deciduous trees are hardy between zones 4-10.
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