What Is a Miniature Weeping Willow?

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What Is a Miniature Weeping Willow?
There are several miniature versions of weeping willow species. (trauerweide image by www.digitalscrapbooking.de from Fotolia.com)

Miniature weeping willows are more commonly referred to as dwarf weeping willows. Miniature weeping willow trees are an excellent choice for landscaping around the house. Many different species of weeping willow are able to be produced as miniatures. The miniatures all maintain the larger species' shape, while growing to only about 5 feet in height.

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Styles

There are two styles of miniature willows, the arctic and alpine species and the dwarf species. The arctic and alpine species of miniature willows are less common than their dwarf counterparts. These species grow low to the ground and have the appearance of a bush. The arctic and alpine willows usually only grow 2 inches tall, but spread very wide. Dwarf weeping willows are more commonly used in landscaping. The dwarf willows are small versions of any large weeping willow species. Dwarf weeping willows only grow to be 5 feet tall, but maintain all of the characteristics of the normal weeping willow trees.

Purchasing

Common dwarf versions of the weeping willow tree are easily available at any nursery. The alpine and arctic are not quite as readily available, but can be found at some plant nurseries. Since the alpine weeping willow is such a small plant, it can usually be purchased for around £6, as of 2010. The dwarf weeping willows are more pricey due to their size and demand. The dwarf versions can be purchased for around £39.

Growing

Cultivating the willow species is very simple. A new tree can be grown by taking a branch of the tree off and placing it in water. The branch will then form roots. From there, the sapling can be planted in the ground.

Maintenance

To maintain the weeping willow's flowing style, the tree must be cared for properly. Branches of the tree should be cut back to keep the branches neat and untangled.

Regions

The weeping willow is a very hardy plant and can be grown in a variety of regions. The weeping willow is able to thrive in warm regions as well as extremely cold regions. The willows are native to the northern hemisphere and are most often found there.

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