These trees are native to China (1), but can be found in Canada and the
United States. The region that
they cover includes from Canada south to Georgia, and west to Missouri
Optimal Growing Conditions
Weeping Willows like a moist environment and can be found along streams
and rivers. These trees prefer a damp, heavy soil in a sunny
The bark of this tree is of the utmost importance. Salicylic acid, a
precursor to aspirin, can be extracted from the bark of the willow.
Other medicinal uses for the bark of this tree are as an anti-inflammatory
agent, to heal articular bleeding, and to ease heartburn or stomach
Ethnobotanical and Cultural Information
Various species of the willow exist. Many different species have cultural
significance and uses. Ancient Chinese, European, and American
Indian people have used the bark of the Weeping Willow as a fever reducer
(1). The American Indians found that it induced perspiration, and
some even drank or bathed in an infusion of the roots for use of its
medicinal properties (6).
Although this tree has a very appealing appearance to it, as it often
used as an ornamental tree (1), it can cause many problems.
The root system is rather aggressive and can cause problems with
drains (2). The large Willow tree that used to reside in front of
the Otto A. Shults Community Center did just that and had to be cut down.
Other interesting sites
1. Duke J, Foster S. 2001. Peterson Field Guides: Medicinal
Plants and Herbs. 2nd ed. New York: Houghton Mifflin. 411 p.
4. Lust J. 2001. The Herb Book: The Complete and Authoritative
Guide to More than 500 Herbs. New York: Beneficial Books. 675 p.
5. Petrides G. 1998. Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Trees. New
York: Houghton Mifflin. 424 p.
6. Vogel V. 1970. American Indian Medicine. Norman: University
of Oklahoma Press. 584 p.
a song written by Pauline Villanueva
She goes to her room,
Sits and cries.
She's so lonesome.
She wants to die.
"What good is life," she asks,
"when nobody wants you?
How do you forget
When your past always haunts you?"
Crying for me.
Trying to be
Someone she's not
And it's giving her pain.
You don't have to change.
She wakes up at night
And she broods
About her memories,
About her childhood.
She remembers the screaming
And the abuse.
She recalls crying and praying
For God to let her loose.
Nowhere to call home.
I'm here for you.
Don't give up just yet.
Your cheeks are so wet.
She tries to get up.
She can't cry anymore.
But she's overwhelmed
And crumples to the floor.
She says she's no good,
Making me suffer this way.
But I love her
And I'm going to stay.
Don't cry for me.
Don't die on me.
I need you and I'll help you.
Everything will be all right.
Don't leave this world tonight.
Trembles at my touch.
Been through so much.
Close your eyes now.
Get some sleep
While I pray to the Lord
Your soul to keep.