Salix babylonica

Weeping Willow

 

Paul J. Appel

 

669 Custer Avenue, New Holland PA

 

A bizarre tree on tripod stilts growing on an Amish farm.

 

This amazing species produces a substance similar to aspirin in its bark. Deer often rub new antlers against this willow’s trunk to relieve the itch, often damaging young trees in the process. Bayer aspirin emerged from research on willow bark that began in 1763.