Kurt Elieson

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First Class requirement #6: Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of native plants found in your community.

Willows can be recognized by the way their long skinny leaves all hang down. All but the last two pictures are of black willows, the most common type of willow native to Dallas-Fort Worth.

Willows love water. It is no coincidence that many of these pictures include lakes, streams or drainage ditches. You will often find willows and cottonwoods growing next to each other. Be careful about planting willows in your yard. Their roots have a reputation for aggressively invading water lines.

Click on the pictures to see them up close.

Willow branches are very supple, or bendy. In the "old days" people would cut a willow switch, a thin willow branch with the leaves pulled off, and use it like a whip.

The last two pictures are of weeping willows. Most willow branches sag, but weeping willow branches practically wilt. Any time you see a cartoon character that has only eyes, hands, feet and a ton of hair all drooping downward, think of a weeping willow.

Page last updated 2011.02.05