The Weeping Willow, with its stunning ground sweeping branches and slender leaves, is a graceful and distinct tree that adds unique beauty to any landscape. Its beautiful yellow twigs and green foliage are some of the earliest indications of Spring and the willow is one of the last trees to lose its leaves in the Fall. The colors displayed in the Fall range from spectacular golds and yellows to greens. The fast growing weeping willows also have plenteous foliage that provide great shelter and shade.
In addition, the weeping willow is a resilient tree that can thrive in a number of different soil conditions. It is a favorite of many to plant with a Living Urn burial urn to grow a tree memorial.
We asked Mark Brewer, The Living Urn’s president and co-founder about this beautiful tree, “The Weeping Willow is a very popular option among our customers. We’ve had hundreds of families grow a tree memorial with this amazing tree. Its sweeping branches are stunning and many people love its large canopy and the shade it can provide. Weeping willows are a unique tree and a great memorial for a loved one who’s passed.”
Brewer continued, “As the leading burial urn and planting system in the U.S., The Living Urn provides families with the uplifting option of growing a living memorial from our bio urn containing a loved one’s cremated remains. By providing families with high quality trees, like the weeping willow, they can grow beautiful memorials that will grow and thrive for many years to come. People love the weeping willow tree and we’re happy to provide this great option for our customers.”
Interesting Facts About the Willow Tree
The willow tree has great medicinal value that has helped many people through the centuries. Hippocrates, from 5th century B.C. ancient Greece, found that chewing willow bark could reduce fevers. Native Americans then expanded on the use of the bark of willow trees to not only reduce fevers but to also treat arthritis, toothaches, and headaches. Then, in 1763, a British minister named Edward Stone did a number of experiments on the bark of willow trees and found that it contained salicylic acid which helped reduced pain. This acid was isolated, yet taken by itself upset stomachs. This led to a chemist, Felix Hoffman, in 1897 creating a synthetic version of the acid that was much gentler on the stomach. He named this synthetic version aspirin and which was produced for his company, Bayer.