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Weeping willow..well something similar.

garjobogarjobo Posts: 85

In for a penny.. intresting site, some fablous photos..

Weeping willow type plants/trees...if only i knew the names - and yes I have been looking on youtube among others to spot the plants im after.

Essentially, for the front garden ideally ( morning - midday sun ), Im after a ..8ft..10ft tree perhaps..but the kind that is more like a overhanging type..creating a nice look/structure..shadow..something that would look well in the centre of my smallish front garden ( which already has 2 very large trees either side ).

Any my mind it looks like a weeping willow..but then..all spindly..branches..twisted something a little different to that. Ideally evergreen too?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,863

    How far away from your house foundations and what sort of soil have you got?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Well, a weeping willow will not be suitable then.  They grow very large.

    Laburnam stays quite small.  Not 8 - 10 ft, but reasonable.  Not evergreen though.  Remember that evergreens can be very boring and depressing.

  • garjobogarjobo Posts: 85

    Thank you all for your quick replies, I will look into the Laburnam.

    Budget most people..happy to spend what i need to..but refuse to head to the overpriced gardencentres ( they are for looking..the dingy workhouses on the country roads where the sellers give you a few pennies off is where i shop ).

    Realise its a waiting game with em' small and cheapish and ..well..wait a few years!  My soil - Dovefromabove - is in part clay..horrible..tough..clay...i would like to plant a tree there..happy to dig a good hole etc etc but have raised beds and rest of garden seems better quality.

    Not a weeping willow - but something like that..perhaps that Acer look? - ideally..for a front garden..evergreen though.

    Thanks again for repling.

  • Roots from WW travel miles from the plant and hunt out and find all your drains and underground pipes. Definitely should come with a health warning.

    Why not look at Salix Kilmarnock...a very well behaved small decorative willow, possibly a little smaller than you might want., but very trim and architectural in a small form. I also have a well behaved weeping Cherry but I am sorry I don't have the name. Both of these have blossom.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,139

    I can't think pf any weeping evregreen that will stay small so checked on teh RHS plant selector and got 0 results.   You may have to settle for something that has winter or early spring blossom or catkins but I would go for an acer Sango Kaku which doesn't weep but grows slowly, has bright coral coloured stems all year and very good foliage colour from the new shoots in spring to the autumn leaf colour.

    You could also consider a smaller, hummocky formed acer but it too will be deciduous.

    I have grown a Kilmarnock willow.  It did well for 2 years, grew far too thickly and vigorously for the next 3 and needed constant hair cuts and then it died.  A friend grew one and hers died suddenly as well.

    The only weeping evregreen I can find is Cupressus cashmeriana which will get to 8 metres.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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