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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:48 pm    Post subject: weeping willow tree Reply with quote

I want to plant a weeping willow tree at the bottom of a large garden in rural co.leitrim. I have been told that these trees do not take well in ireland. Is this true? and if so can anyone suggest an alternative?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weeping willows grow absolutely fine in Ireland, provided that they are planted in a reasonably damp site - the wetter the better! The variety you are most likely to find is Salix sepulcralis, but there is a form with yellow twigs, S. sepulcralis "Chrysocoma" which gives you winter interest.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You not said why the weeping willow !

These trees do not like contined wet roots (not many tree's will live with the roots soaked they rot)
But if you want a tree that keeps its leaves all year round and has a lovely red coverage all through the summer and can be grown as a single tree and will grow 25 to 30 feet high or will make a smashing hedge (ideal wind breaker) and will take being kept to a good trim
Ive got this hedge in front of my greenhouse as a wind breaker and its well worth using

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But at i say lookout for very flood like ground as ive said the roots can and will rot if
left for any long period after rain.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep it well away from the foundations of any building. 2.5 times the expected mature height.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always thought that weeping willows were Salix babylonica, but it seems to have been superseded by Salix sepulcharis 'Chrysocoma' and similar varieties. Salix babylonica is prone to a number of diseases if not grown in ideal situations.

I grow S. babylonica pekinensis 'Tortuosa' (the corkscrew one). It grows very fast and is, I think, a lovely tree for a garden. But it can be tempremental and needs a severe hair cut every so often to rejuvenate it. Works fine with this variety but not a good look for the weeping sort.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:31 pm    Post subject: weeping willow tree Reply with quote

Many thanks for all the comments. Apologies in not posting sooner. I thought I had thanked everyone but when i looked back over the post I must have done something wrong Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the days before modern string, the yellow barked variety used to be grown in 'pollarded' form and the shoots used as 'whiffs', i.e. twisted and used for tying bundles of stuff up.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a guy near here, a basket weaver, who grows several different types of willow for his work. He told me that he hasn't taken a (pharmaceutical) painkiller in years. He finds chewing on a small piece of willow puts paid to most everyday aches and pains with no nasty side effects. He's not 'New Age', just a regular Fermanagh bloke.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Out of interest, Sue, can you enlarge on 'small piece of willow'? Is it a twig or piece of bark or any bit that happens to be around?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He uses the thin, whippy off-cuts and chews on them like an old fashioned liquorice stick.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good on you, Sue. I've got a troublesome shoulder so I'll give it a try. I don't suppose it'll cure a pain in the axxe?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends what/who's causing it? Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Willow bark contains salycilic acid. That's apirin, by another name - the original source of the pain-killer.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, GG.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just watching a wildlife programme where a roe deer is 'self medicating' on meadow sweet - another source of the original 'asprin'.
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