The Weeping Willow is a lovely haze of green. Always the earliest tree in my yard to leaf out, it's about three weeks ahead of schedule this year. Just look at all the leaves!
Weeping Willows are ideally suited for wet areas--near lakes and streams, but shouldn’t be planted near a structure because their roots are shallow but very invasive. Willow roots have the reputation of being able to rupture or clog sewer lines. Pruning should be done in late January because sap begins running in February.
All the other trees in the yard are still bare. A few have tiny buds, but most are weeks and weeks away from showing any green. By that time the Willow's graceful branches will be fully leafed out and swaying in the gentle Spring wind.