Image Citation: (Above Photo - White Willow) Richard Webb, Bugwood.org
Image Citations: (Left Photo 1-Coyote Willow & 2-Diamond Leaf Willow)
Willows are commonly used in landscaping and when planted in an area where there is adequate space can provide a very dramatic focal point. They are commonly planted along streams, ponds, and River banks. Willow trees are rarely planted as street trees because of their weak wooded branches. Black Willow trees are rarely planted but are very common within their natural range. They are often found in or beside swampy bottom lands and are the tallest of all the Willows.
Pomo Indian Tribe are recorded to have boiled the inner root of the Willow to make Tea. This tea was ingested it in strong doses to induce sweating in cases of fever and chills. In the South, the Natchez prepared fever remedies from the bark of the Red Willow. The Willow was given the nickname toothache tree as it was commonly chewed to relieve toothaches and headaches.
Phyllactinia guttata is a type of powdery mildew fungi that is known to parasitize Willows. Willows are not known to be susceptible to any type of Wilt. Leaf blight is the most destructive of all the diseases of Willows in the United States, it is almost always associated with black canker. There are also several types of Aphids that can infest Willows, the most common being Longistigma caryae.
Image Citation: (Above - Purpleosier Willow) Richard Webb, Bugwood.org
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