The willow, “salix” in Latin, is native to Europe, Asia and North America.
Particularities: The willow is a tree that usually grows along lowland rivers or in low mountains. The roots of the willow can go very deep, so that even the strongest currents cannot eradicate this tree. The willow has a very robust grey bark, and its branches can reach eighteen meters high.
Symbology: For many nations the willow is the “sacred tree” of life, symbolising renewal and fertility.
- In Japan, the willow was considered the embodiment of sweetness and grace.
- In China, the willow become the personification of Spring, female beauty, and joys and sorrows of love.
- In China, the followers of Taoism ancient religion, philosophy and way of life, look at the willow as an example of patience, kindness and flexibility.