Weeping willow trees are beautiful. They are distinct with their bended branches growing downward. It is easy to
imagine a relaxing day by a brook. Sitting under a cool green willow would enhance the relaxing experience. There
are many portraits of weeping willow trees with people enjoying picnics under the green branches. With a little
imagination, you can visualize a young woman reading poetry to her lover. The couple would be dressed in casual
clothes, and their bodies reclining. This vision conjures a sense of joy and tranquility.
Actually, people can buy weeping willow trees and plant them in their backyards. They are available from many
sources. They can be bought at your local garden store. Most interesting, the trees can be ordered on-line, and
weeping willow tree can be delivered to your front door. Your backyard, or for that matter, your front yard can
provide the tranquility and relaxation that you can only envision by looking at pictures of weeping willow
These beautiful trees can be invasive. They are hardy and will easily survive. Then they grow deep, strong, and
long roots. The roots can wind around sewer pipes and cause a great deal of damage. The roots are aggressive and
can be difficult to gain control over. This is an ongoing problem that would take attention and work.
The very disadvantages of the weeping willow trees can be used for ecological advantage. The weeping willow
trees grow strong and long roots. In the wild, weeping willow trees can be used as a filtering system. Weeping
willow trees can capture polluted water and use that water for growing. This process actually filters polluted
water with toxic chemicals. It cleans the water. It can be considered a waste water treatment process.
In the past weeping willow trees have been used as medicine. This is an interesting fact. As far back as Egypt,
the bark of the weeping willow has been mentioned a medicine. It was used to help patients with fevers. American
Indians used the bark of the weeping willow. One of the components of the bark of the weeping willow is salicylic
acid. Salicylic acid is the precursor to aspirin. The bark could have reduced fevers for the Egyptians as well as
In summary, weeping willow trees have many advantages and some disadvantages. They are beautiful and gracious.
Weeping willow trees can be used ecologically to purify water and for medicinal purposes. The major disadvantage is
the in residential areas their roots can strangle the sewer pipes.