Salix alba tristis. GOLDEN WEEPING WILLOW. Europe, Asia, Africa
There are not many willows on campus although willows native
to the area are common in San Francisquito Creek. Golden weeping willow formerly
grew at 1047 Campus Drive East in the SAE parking lot and nearby, but seems to
have disappeared from campus in recent years. The leaves, which are about 3 inches
long, 1/4 inch wide, and pale green underneath, are carried on bright yellow twigs.
Cuttings, up to several feet in length, may root directly in moist soil.
SALICACEAE (Willow family)
In The Story of Gardening, Richard Wright records that the Salictum, or willow collection, became another diversion for country gentlemen. "Nor can we leave the willow without remarking on how its weeping form became the symbol for the correct Victorian female attitude. The modest bending of their slim, pendulous branches, their response to the least breath of wind, readily typify the acqiescence that Victorian ladies were supposed to display."
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