Common Name – Willow
Irish Name – seileach
Latin Name – salix
Quote by Catherine Maria Fanshawe
‘If I were as blessed sight to see that child become a willow tree,
His brother trees among. He’d be four times as tall as me,
And live three times as long,
Willow trees are a type of deciduous tree that is native to the northern hemisphere. They are known for their long, slender branches and their distinctive, drooping foliage. Willow trees can grow up to 100 feet tall, although many species are smaller, and they are often used in landscaping and as ornamental trees.
Willow trees are also valued for their ecological significance, providing important habitat for a variety of species. The branches and leaves of the tree provide food and shelter for many animals, including birds, squirrels and insects and the roots of the tree help to stabilize soil and prevent erosion.
In native American mythology, the willow tree was considered a symbol of balance and harmony. It was often used in healing ceremonies and was believed to have the power to soothe the emotions and calm the mind. The willow tree originates from China, and in Ancient China, people believed that willow branches could ward off evil.