Ornamental Tree Nurseries have a great choice of Willow (Salix) trees for planting in gardens and larger planting schemes. The Salix tree comes in a range of forms, from large weeping willow trees to dwarf varieties, perfect for growing in pots or containers. Popular for their fluffy catkins, more unusual varieties also boast twisting branches or colourful foliage. Willow trees come in all different colours of bark, including purple, red, orange, yellow or green.
The Salix tree grows well in slightly damp or wet sites and some varieties will tolerate drought. The Latin name Salix is derived from the Celtic 'sal' meaning near and 'lis' meaning water as they are often found near water.
In Japan, Willow trees are a sign of ghosts and it is believed that wherever Willow trees grow, ghosts will appear. In English folklore they are also thought of as sinister with stories telling of willow trees uprooting themselves and stalking travellers.
There are many common names for the salix tree, including: pussy willow, goat willow and dwarf willow.
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