Growing miniature weeping willow trees can add a lot of character to your garden. They offer the look of a beautiful willow in a smaller form that is easy to grow and easy to care for.
There are different types of miniature weeping willow trees, but the type you will most likely be looking for is often referred to as the “dwarf” weeping willow. The others, called the alpine and arctic species, grow low to the ground similar to bushes and usually grow only about two inches tall and cover a wide area.
The dwarf weeping willow tree is a small version of the larger willow species. The dwarf is the type used most often in landscaping and usually grows between one and five feet tall. These trees are very versatile, able to live in both warm and cold temperatures. They are characterized by their light, soft wood and their hair-like branches (that often include flowery catkins and angular leaves). Dwarf weeping willows are known to grow quickly and love water. They often thrive in moist soil.
You can purchase miniature weeping willow trees at most nurseries and your other favorite garden suppliers. The dwarf weeping willows are easier to find, as the alpine and arctic species are less common.
The miniature weeping willow tree is an extremely fertile tree. To grow one of your own, you will need a branch from a mature tree to use as a sapling that will take root. First, place the branch in water to start the root developing process, and then transplant it into the ground.
It can take up to a year for your miniature weeping willow tree to show signs of significant growth. Tending to the sapling (that is, keeping the soil moist, making sure it has enough sunlight, etc.) will allow it to grow into a healthy adult. Once it does grow, you will need to regularly cut the branches back in order to maintain the willow shape and to make sure that the branches do not tangle.
With these tips and a little patience, your garden can benefit from the unique qualities of the miniature weeping willow tree.