There are many species of willow but all can tolerate consistently moist soil. These water-loving trees and shrubs vary greatly in size, growth habit and even blooming. Most feature lance shaped leaves, although some have round or oval-shaped leaves. The roots naturally gravitate towards water so be cautious when planting near sewers, water pipes and other water features. Willow branches are flexible and are commonly used in basketry and weaving. Several willow types are commonly planted in landscapes and include Weeping Willow trees, which feature long, graceful weeping branches, Pussy Willow shrubs, which feature wooly catkins before leafing out in spring, and Curly Willow trees and shrubs, which have curly branches often used as a cut flower arrangement accent.
- Sun to Part Sun
- Mature size, growing habit, and plant characteristics are species and variety specific
- May feature attractive wooly catkins in the spring (species specific)