Fast-growing, weak-wooded, short-lived plants. Weeping willows are best used as single trees near a stream or lake, though they can, with training, become satisfactory shade trees for patio or terrace. They leaf out very early in spring and hold their foliage late. Shrubby willows are grown mainly for catkins (this group goes by the name “pussy willow”) or colorful twigs, as screen plants, or for erosion control on stream or river banks.Salix discolor
Native to the eastern United States. Grows 15 to 25 ft. tall, 12 to 15 ft. wide. Slender red-brown stems; bright green, 2- to 4-in. leaves have bluish undersides. Catkins of male plants are main draw: soft, silky, pearl gray, to 1/2 in. long.
Native to western North America; the state flower of Idaho. Fountain-shaped, loosely branched shrub 4&...
Native to Europe, North Africa. Probably best as multistemmed tree; grows moderately quickly to 7...
Native from the Mediterranean to Iran. Dependable old favorite. Forms mat of leaves to 6 in. high, 1 1...