Japanese Weeping Willow - Add a
Beautiful Shade Tree to the Backyard Canvas
People wanting to add a hardy fast-growing shade tree to the yard may select from a variety of Willow such as
the Japanese Weeping Willow tree. It is a beautiful tree with long thin branches that hang over the trunk giving
the weeping appearance. It is a fast growing tree that can provide a wide shady area when it has room to grow.
This tree has a unique attractive silvery bark with thin brown colored branches. The leaves are thin and dark
green for an added touch of color. What is more impressive about the Japanese Weeping Willow is the white to pink
flower plumage in the early spring as the tree wakes from the winter slumber. The beautiful white flowers
comparable to the Dogwood also have a pleasant odor. In the early fall, the tree will grow small colorful fruit for
an added touch of color.
The Willow tree loves water. As with other Willow types, it can be found growing along water banks of small
rivers and streams. Young or newly planted trees should be watered often. In fact, they can be planted in low areas
of the yard where water tends to accumulate after a rainfall. But, because this tree also prefers a mix of
partially sandy soil, the area should have sufficient drainage to remove excess water. Other requirements include
soil-containing phosphorus. Japanese Weeping Willows should not be planted in soil deficient of this important
The Japanese Weeping Willow tree can grow 30 to 50 feet tall when planted with sufficient growing room. It is a
tree that prefers to grow in areas with some shade versus direct sunlight. Planting the trees in close proximity
with other willows can limit their growth potential. The Japanese Weeping Willow may have a bush-like appearance
when they are planted closely together in groups. A single willow tree in the yard will reach its full height
unless it is regularly pruned.
Japanese Willow trees can thrive in many areas where the summers are relatively warm and the winters are not too
cold. With a proper mix of sandy soil, dirt and water, they grow very well and provide a beautiful shade tree. The
springtime flowers and showy fruit provide color variety to the yard throughout the seasons. It is not difficult to
imagine the reason the Japanese Weeping Willow tree has become a favorite for the home or garden.