Weeping Willow

22. Weeping Willow

(Salix babylonica)
Location: 375 W. 8th St.
Nominator: Warren Roberts

Some trees just refuse to die. Such is the case with the weeping willow at 375 W. 8th St. Although the exact planting date of this tree is unknown, it was already a large tree in the early 1960s. At the turn of the century, it was a magnificent specimen that visually dominated the intersection of 8th and Oak St. Its spread exceeded its 50-ft height and its pendulous branches gracefully brushed the ground. Over the past decade pests, disease and other stressors have reduced the crown to a skeleton of its former self. The thick, gnarled trunk (9.8-ft girth) supports a crown that barely spreads to 30 feet. As in a horror film, it seems to shrink every year, returning like a zombie tree.

Category: Unusual Size

Height: 50 ft

Spread: 30 ft

Girth: 9.8 ft

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