The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Section IV. Deciduous Ornamental Trees

Willow trees Salicaceae

Previous - Next

Nat. Ord. (Natural Order) Salicace�. Lin. Syst. (Linnean System) Di�cia, Diandria. A very large genus, comprising plants of almost every stature, from minute shrubs of three or four inches in height, to lofty and wide-spreading trees of fifty or sixty feet.* They are generally remarkable for their narrow leaves, and slender, round, and flexible branches. (* Dr. Barratt of Middletown, Conn., who has paid great attention to the willow, enumerates 100 species, as growing in North America, either indigenous or introduced.) There are few of these willows which are adapted to add to the beauty of artificial scenery; but among them are three or four trees, which, from their peculiar character, deserve especial notice. These are the Weeping, or Babylonian willow (Salix Babylonica), the White, or Huntington willow (S. alba), the Golden willow (S. vitellina), the Russell willow (S. Russelliana), and the profuse Flowering willow (S. caprea).