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A collection of plants and trees that feature in the Bible with associated quotes from the Scriptures.

Acacia Tree (Acacia Tortilis)

Acacia Tree (Acacia Tortilis)

Acacias are basically tough plants but their susceptibility to frost means they can only be grown in areas with relatively mild winters. Grow outside in a fertile, neutral to acid soil in a sheltered position in full sun.

Exodus 25:5 ram skins dyed red, badger skins, and acacia wood;
Almond Trees (Amygdalus Communis)

Almond Trees (Amygdalus Communis)

Protect almond blossom from frost, but make sure insects can access the flowers for pollination. Grow the almond in full sun, Don't forget to plant at least two trees for cross-pollination. Happy in most soils.

Ecclesiastes 12:5 Also they are afraid of height, And of terrors in the way; When the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper is a burden, and desire fails, for man goes to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets.
 
Aloe (Aloe Vera)

Aloe (Aloe Vera)

Aloe vera is an evergreen perennial. Grow under glass in a loam-based potting compost with added extra grit. Water moderately when in growth; very sparingly when dormant. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser 2 or 3 times in the growing season.

Song of Songs 4:14 Spikenard and saffron, Calmus and cinnamon, With all trees of frankincense, Myrrh and aloes, With all the chief spices.
Apple Tree (Pyrus Malus)

Apple Tree (Pyrus Malus)

Apple and pear trees should be pruned every winter to ensure a good crop of fruit the following season. The ideal position for an apple tree is a sunny, sheltered site, well away from any frost pockets. Avoid poorly drained or shallow soils.

Song of Songs 2:3 Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, So is my beloved among the sons...
 
Barley (Hordeum Vulgare)

Barley (Hordeum Vulgare)

Barley is a widely adaptable crop. It is currently popular in temperate areas where it is grown as a summer crop and tropical areas where it is sown as a winter crop. Its germination time is anywhere from 1 to 3 days. Barley likes to grow under cool conditions but is not particularly winter hardy.

Deuteronomy 8:8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey.
Broad Bean (Vicia Fava)

Broad Bean (Vicia Fava)

In sheltered, southern gardens in Britain, with well-drained soils, broad beans can be sown directly into the soil in early November or February for harvests as early as May.

2 Sam 17:28 Brought beds and basins, earthen vessels and wheat, barley and flour, parched grain and beans, lentils and parched seeds.
 
Black Cumin

Black Cumin (Nigella sativa)

Cover seed. Sow every three weeks from just before the last frost until the start of summer; and again in autumn (in warm areas). Spacing 10 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm). Plant requires full sunlight, good drainage and a soil pH 6 to 7. Can survive in dry soils, feed regularly and  water during prolonged dry periods. Dead head.

Isaiah 28:25 When he has levelled its surface, Does he not sow the black cumin and scatter the cumin, Plant the wheat in rows, The barley in the appointed place, And the spelt in its place?

Broom (Retama Raetum)

Broom (Retama Raetum)

Brooms tolerate (and often thrive best in) poor soils and growing conditions. In cultivation they need little care, though they need good drainage and perform poorly on wet soils.

1Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”
 
Calamus (Acorus Calamus)

Calamus (Acorus Calamus)

Calamus, also known as Acorus calamus or sweet flag, is a plant that is mainly found in wet soil in areas such as wetlands. Calamus grows best in partial shade and requires a lot of moisture to develop. When grown, the rhizome of the plant is harvested and either consumed whole or pressed for essential oils.

Song of Songs 4:14 Spikenard and saffron, Calmus and cinnamon, With all trees of frankincense, Myrrh and aloes, With all the chief spices.
Carob (Ceratonia Siliqua)

Carob (Ceratonia Siliqua)

Carob trees are evergreens that are native to the Mediterranean region, don't try to grow carob trees in climates where the temperature drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit for more than a day or two at a time. Choose an area to plant the seeds. Carob needs full sun and does well on dry rocky soil but can grow in most conditions. It does not do well in heavy clay.

Luke 15:16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.
 
Cassia, Cinnamon (Cinnamum aromaticum, C Zeylandica)

Cassia, Cinnamon (Cinnamum aromaticum, C Zeylandica)

Mainly to tropical regions, though some species are native to temperate areas. Sow Outdoors: 1/8 inch (3mm). Summer or autumn. Spacing: Small species: 24 to 36 inches (60 to 9 Full sunlight or light shade. Good drainage. Regular watering. Regular feed. Thin plants in the autumn. Taking cuttings in spring. Divide in spring.0cm); large species Full sunlight or light shade.

Exodus 30:24 five hundred shekels of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil.
Cattail (Typha Domingensis)

Cattail (Typha Domingensis)

Cattails grow in shaded wetlands. You can often find them in marshes, swamps and other areas of stagnant water. Plant your cattail plants in a shaded wet area.

Isaiah 35:7 The parched ground shall become a pool, And the thirsty land springs of water; In the habitation of jackals, where each lay, (there shall be) grass with reeds and rushes.
 
Cedar Tree (Cedrus Libani)

Cedar Tree (Cedrus Libani)

Cedar has been used for shade trees, hedges and bonsai.The trees grow easily from seed, so if you have a neighbor or a friend that has one, just ask for a cone when they start to fall and you can grow your tree inexpensively.

1Kings 4:33 Also he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke also of animals, of birds, of creeping things and of fish.
Coriander (Coriandrum Sativum)

Coriander (Coriandrum Sativum)

Coriander is a highly fragrant annual herb and will grow to up to 2 feet in height. If sowing outdoors then wait till May to ensure warm soil temperatures which will promote more successful germination. Sow seeds in drills around 1cm deep and then cover with soil / compost. Space rows around 35cm apart. Sow seeds around 4cm apart.

Exodus 16:31 And the house of Israel called its name Manna. And it was like white coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
 
Cotton (Gossypium sp.)

Cotton (Gossypium sp.)

Though cotton can be found growing wild in many parts of the world, it's widespread cultivation makes it the most common textile fiber now in use. Whether you want to grow American Pima, Egyptian or Upland cotton, all you need is a long sunny growing season, water and fertile soil.

Isaiah 19:9 The workers in combed flax will be in despair, and the weavers of white cotton.
Cumin (Cuminum Cyminum)

Cumin (Cuminum Cyminum)

Cumin is an annual plant that thrives in a moderate to sunny climate. Cumin is one of those plants that grows chaotically, and there is no need to worry about how far apart each individual seed is from its neighbour.

Isaiah 28:25 When he has levelled its surface, Does he not sow the black cumin and scatter the cumin, Plant the wheat in rows, The barley in the appointed place, And the spelt in its place?
 
Cypress Tree (Cupressus Sempervirens)

Cypress Tree (Cupressus Sempervirens)

Select an area in your yard that receives full sun in order for the tree to reach its full height. The soil needs to be well-draining. Cypress trees do not flourish at the bottom of a hill, for example, where rain water sits.

1 kings 5:8 Then Hiram sent to Solomon, saying: I have considered the message which you sent me, and I will do all you desire concerning the cedar and cypress logs.
Dill (Anethum Graveolens)

Dill (Anethum Graveolens)

Dill is a forgiving plant if you wait until frost is over and then plant it. This way you will avoid damage and enjoy dill until the next frost. If you live in an area where the temperature is tepid to warm the majority of the year, such as California, then your concern will not be frost but rather the sun. Sun can damage Dill if it has too much.

Isaiah 28:27 Dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge, nor is a cart wheel rolled over cumin, but dill is beaten out with a stick, and cumin with a rod.
 
Ebony Tree (Diospyros Ebonum)

Ebony Tree (Diospyros Ebonum)

Ebony trees grow in tropical rain forests and are commonly found in Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia and India. Ebony is a hardwood tree of the genus Diospyros found in the tropics. It is very heavy hard and black.  Normally, african ebony trees grow 15-18 feet tall, but they can grow upto 16 feet in diameter and 80 feet in height.

Ezekiel 27:15 The men of Dedan were your traders; many isles were the market of your hand. They brought you ivory tusks and ebony as payment.
Fig (Ficus Carica)

Fig (Ficus Carica)

A fig tree will succeed best in a sheltered position in full sun. A south or south-west facing wall is ideal for growing and training a fan-shaped fig - use horizontal wires fixed to the wall 45cm (18in) apart.

Judges 9:10-11 Then the trees said to the fig tree, ‘You come and reign over us!’ But the fig tree said to them, ‘Should I cease my sweetness and my good fruit, And go to sway over trees?’
 
Flax (Linum Ustitatissimum)

Flax (Linum Ustitatissimum)

Flax will grow well on most good soils that are suitable for crops. Acidic soils however, will result in reduced yield. Avoid poorly drained or sandy soils. It is intolerant of water logged soils.

Isaiah 19:9 Moreover those who work in fine flax And those who weave fine fabric will be ashamed; And its foundations will be broken. All who make wages will be troubled of soul.
Frankincense (Boswellia species)

Frankincense (Boswellia species)

Growing Frankincense (Boswellia) can be challenging as Frankincense seeds typically have an extremely low germination rate and are choosy in regards to their growing conditions. An arid environment and a soil that is rich in limestone increase the chances of successful seed propagation.

Matthew 2:11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshipped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense and myrrh.
 
Garlic (Allium Sativum)

Garlic (Allium Sativum)

Garlic loves sun but hates sopping wet soil. You will need a well-drained soil for best results. If your soil is more clay-based, add compost until the soil breaks apart easily. Garlic may be planted in winter or early spring.

Numbers 11:5 We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic, but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!
Grape (Vitis Vinifera)

Grape (Vitis Vinifera)

Choose a location for your grapes that receives full sun. If a grapevine receives too little sun, it will produce few, if any, grapes. Break up the soil with a hoe or tiller and remove any loose sticks and rocks. The soil should be loosened to a depth of 36 inches to give the roots ample room to grow. Do not fertilize the soil unless it is very poor quality. Grapes prefer a slightly acidic environment.

Matthew 7:16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
 
Hyssop (Origanum Syriacum)

Hyssop (Origanum Syriacum)

Plant  hyssop seeds after the ground has warmed and there is no danger of frost. Cover the seeds with about 1/4 inch of soil and they will germinate very quickly. If you plant the seeds in rows, leave at least a foot in between.

John 19:29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.
Ladanum (Cistus Incanus, Balm of Gilead)

Ladanum (Cistus Incanus, Balm of Gilead)

Also known as Pink Rock Rose, Cistus incanus is known for its ability to thrive in poor soils and in dry conditions. Its roots are known for being very resistant to fire, and it is often one of the first plants to sprout anew after fire destroys the vegetation in an area where it grows. It prefers uncultivated soils and does not require much water

Jeremiah 46:11 Go up to Gilead and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt; In vain you will use many medicines; You shall not be cured.
 
Laurel (Laurus Nobilis)

Laurel (Laurus Nobilis)

The shrub requires partial shade to tolerate hot summer months. Dig a hole that is twice as large as the shrub's root system when planting. Mix abundant aged manure and peat moss into the soil. The shrub adores rich soil that is high in organic content. The planting soil should have a crumbly soil consistency. Plant the Laurus nobilis in a location that offers well-draining soil. The shrub does not tolerate standing water around its roots.

Psalm 37:35 I have seen a wicked, ruthless man, spreading himself like a green Laurel tree.
Lentil (Lens Culinaris)

Lentil (Lens Culinaris)

Test your soil with a soil pH tester. Lentils grow best at a soil pH of 6.0 to 8.0. Find the best location to plant. Lentils grow best on level or slightly rolling land, which drains well. Sow your seedlings using a garden spade early in spring. Work the soil while moist and when the soil is warm enough to stimulate germination. Plant seedlings 1 to 1 1/2 inches deep in moist, but not wet, soil. You can plant them a bit deeper in well-draining soil.

Genesis 25:34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way.  Thus Esau despised his birthright.
 
Lily of the Field (Anemone Coronaria)

Lily of the Field (Anemone Coronaria)

Early planting will provide welcome mid to late winter flowers, while later planting will give early to mid spring flowers.  After refrigeration, soak the tubers overnight in tepid water to rehydrate them and plant them out into a well-drained mixture in seed trays. Keep moist, but do not overwater. Transplant out when the plants are 3-4 cm high. Space plants around 10 cm apart.

Matthew 6:28-29 So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Lily of the Valley (Various)

Lily of the Valley (Various)

Soak your pips (rhizomes) in lukewarm water before planting. You can add water to the plastic bags that the rhizomes came in. The peat in the bag needs to be saturated, so let the pips stand for several hours until the rhizomes swell and become hard. To grow outdoors, prepare a flower bed in a shady, well-drained location. Amend the soil with peat moss, compost or ground bark to ensure proper drainage.

Song of Songs 1:17 The beams of our houses are cedar, And our rafters of pine. I am the rose of Sharon, And the lily of the valleys.
 
Mandrake (Mandragora Autumnalis)

Mandrake (Mandragora Autumnalis)

Germination of mandrake seeds can be sporadic, taking just two to three weeks or as long as several months. Transplant the mandrake seedlings when they are well developed in about six months to a year.

Genesis 30:14 Now Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.

Melon (Citrullus Lanatus)

Melon (Citrullus Lanatus)

Select a planting site in full sun. The citron melon does not tolerate shade. The plant prefers loose, sandy soil with good drainage. Citron melon plants have sprawling vines that require a large amount of space to produce full-sized melons.

Jeremiah 10:5 Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, they cannot speak; They must be carried, Because they cannot go by themselves. Do not be afraid of them, For they cannot do evil, Nor can they do any good.
 
Myrrh (Commiphora Gileadensis)

Myrrh (Commiphora Gileadensis)

This tree is native to Asia and Africa and grows in hot, arid conditions. Today, it is cultivated by people who enjoy making bonsai trees. In the United States, it will grow only in the hottest, driest climates, such as Texas. It does best if it is left to grow with little additional care because it is so hardy.

John 19:39 And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds.
Myrtle (Myrtus Communis)

Myrtle (Myrtus Communis)

Select a planting site for the myrtle that has well-draining soil. Myrtle grows well in full to partial sun, so a shaded spot is fine as long as the myrtle gets at least four hours of sunlight daily. Select a spot that provides shelter from winter winds.

Zechariah 1:10 And the man who stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, “These are the ones whom the Lord has sent to walk to and fro throughout the earth.
 
Oak (Quercus Calliprinos and Q. Ithaburensis)

Oak (Quercus Calliprinos and Q. Ithaburensis)

The most predominant of the three oak species growing, the Oak of Palestine grows mainly in Israel and mount Tebor. It is a large bush but with correct pruning can grow into a tall tree.

Joshua 24:26 Then Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God. And he took a large stone, and set it up there under the oak that was by the sanctuary of the Lord.
Olive (Olea Europaea)

Olive (Olea Europaea)

Olive trees require warm weather throughout the year. Transplant the olive seedlings to individual pots once they grow two pairs of leaves and move the plants outside when the temperature stays above 48 degrees Fahrenheit. Water the seedlings twice each week during the growing season to keep the soil moist. Apply a balanced fertilizer each month according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Genesis 8:11 Then the dove came to him in the evening abd behold a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth.
 
Palm (Pheonix Dactylifera)

Palm (Pheonix Dactylifera)

The date palm tree (Phoenix dactylifera) is an easy to care for, fast growing, elegant and attractive ornamental tree, ideally suited for home gardens and urban landscapes especially in the United States' "Hardiness Zones" 9 to 11.

Judges 3:13 Then he gathered to himself the people of Ammon and Amalek, went and defeated Israel, and took possession of the City of Palms.
Papyrus (Cyperus Papyrus)

Papyrus (Cyperus Papyrus)

 Select for Egyptian papyrus a sunny location that does not receive much wind and has constant saturated soil, such as around a pond. The saturation of the soil should be several feet deep to allow the tall, top heavy stalks of the plant to remain upright. Plant the Egyptian papyrus rhizomes into the soggy soil, so the crown of the rhizome is not submerged in water or soggy soil.

Job 8:11 Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the reeds flourish without water?
 
Pines (Pinus Halepensis)

Pines (Pinus Halepensis)

Site Italian stone pines in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. They're more compact and productive in full sun.Test the soil pH before planting stone pines. They grow best in soil that's acidic to slightly alkaline. If the pH is over 7.5, ask your local extension service or garden center to recommend additives to lower the pH. The type of soil amendment needed will depend on your location and soil structure.

Song of Songs 1:17 The beams of our houses are cedar and our rafters are pine. I am the rose of Sharon, And the lily of the valleys.
Pistachio (Pistacia Orientalis)

Pistachio (Pistacia Orientalis)

Pistachio is a desert plant, and is highly tolerant of saline soil. Pistachio trees are fairly hardy in the right conditions, and can survive temperatures ranging between −10°C (14°F) in winter and 40°C (104°F) in summer. They need a sunny position and well-drained soil. Pistachio trees do poorly in conditions of high humidity, and are susceptible to root rot in winter if they get too much water and the soil is not sufficiently free-draining. Long, hot summers are required for proper ripening of the fruit.

Genesis 43:11 And their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: Take some of the best fruits of the land in your vessels and carry down a present for the man – a little balm and a little honey, spices and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds.
 
Pomegranate (Punica Granatum)

Pomegranate (Punica Granatum)

Pick a planting area that's in full sun. The pomegranate plant can grow in most types of soil, as long as it has good drainage. The amount of space you need depends on whether you plan to grow the plant as a tree or as a bush or shrub. Purchase pomegranate plant cutting from a nursery in the winter, around February or March. The cuttings should be between 12- and 20-inches long, and you must plant them so two-thirds of their length is buried in the soil.

Song of Songs 6:7 Like a piece of pomegranate are your temples behind your veil.
Rose of Sharon (Gladiolus Italicus or G. Atroviolaceus)

Rose of Sharon (Gladiolus Italicus or G. Atroviolaceus)

To grow the gladiolus flower start by getting the bulbs ready by spring. Cultivate the land 12 to 15 inches deep in the soil and ensure it a spot where the sun shines for most part of the day. Continue by adding mulch into the mix which will loosen and make the soil healthier, continue by adding 3 other holes for the bulbs which should be 4 to 6 inches deep and 4 inches apart from each other. Water the plants once in a day and do not use a lot of water as it may drown the bulbs.

Song of Songs 2:1 I am the rose of Sharon, I am the lily of the valleys.
 
Rue (Ruta Chalepensis)

Rue (Ruta Chalepensis)

Choose a sunny location and work the soil. Rue likes well-drained areas and can be grown in even poor soils.Divide existing plants in the spring or purchase a plant from a nursery. You can grow rue by seed, but they are slow to germinate and don't always lead to success.

Luke 11:42 But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.

Rush (Juncus Maritimus or J.Arabicus)

This is a coastal plant found typically in salt marsh areas or like this one, in dune systems which are sprayed with the sea. It can grow to over 1 m in height and can be the tallest plant on the habitat. J. maritimus is found on virtually all the coasts of England, Wales and Ireland but is less common on the east coast of Scotland and the north eastern coast of England.

Job 8:11 Can the rush grow up without mire? Can the flag grow without water?
 
Saffron (Crocus Sativus)

Saffron (Crocus Sativus)

The Crocus Sativus is a tricky plant to grow in the British climate. The plant requires a rich fertile soil that will reliably dry out and even bake during the summer. This hot dry period is vital as it creates the dormancy period required to trigger flower initiation in the autumn.

Song of Songs 4:14 Spikenard and Saffron; Calmus and Cinnamon with all trees of Frankincense; Myrrh and Aloes with all the chief spices.
Spikenard (Nardostachys Jatamansi)

Spikenard (Nardostachys Jatamansi)

Spikenard prefers rich, medium-wet to wet soil. It is somewhat tolerant of summer draught, but will do better with consistent moisture. Spikenard requires some care to germinate successfully. The seeds are small and have naturally low germination rates, but be assisted towards germination with scarification and stratification, which can be initiated in mid to late winter.

John 12:3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of Spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
 
Styrax (Styrax Officinalis)

Styrax (Styrax Officinalis)

Styrax officinalis grows well in different environments: in sediment rocks, basalt, tuff, conglomerate and kurkar (aeolianite); in limestone from the Middle Eocene in the Upper Galilee and from the Eocene in the Lower Galilee. Its global distribution ranges over the Eastern Mediterranean countries, from Italy through Greece, Turkey, Syria and Israel.

Exodus 10:13 Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the Lord directed an east wind on the land all that day and all that night and when it was morning the east wind brought the locusts.
Sycomore Fig (Ficus Sycomorus)

Sycomore Fig (Ficus Sycomorus)

Figs are subtropical trees but they will adapt to different conditions. When planted in ground give the fig the warmest, sunniest spot in the yard usually near a wall facing south is the ideal spot. Avoid planting in soggy wet soil; any other soil is fine for outside figs. Applying a layer of mulch will help small tree develop stronger roots by keeping the weeds away

Luke 19:14 So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. 
 
Tamarisk (Tamarix aphylia)

Tamarisk (Tamarix aphylia)

Tamarix aphylla has been used as a windbreak and shade tree in agriculture and horticulture for decades, especially in dryer regions such as the western United States and central and western Australia.

1 Samuel 31:13 Then they took bones (them) under the tamarisk tree at jabesh, and fasted seven days.
Walnut (Juglans Regia)

Walnut (Juglans Regia)

A general rule of thumb for most seeds is to never plant deeper than the width of the seed itself. So basically what you want to do is make a hole big enough so you are just covering them. You can plant them anytime after you have collected them. Walnuts require a period of cold stratification to enable germination in the spring. So planting in the fall will naturally do this for you. You should plant more than you need to ensure success.

Song of Songs 6:11 I went down to the grove of walnut trees and out to the valley to see the new spring growth, to see whether the grapevines had budded or the pomegranates were in bloom.
 
Wheat (Triticum Agestivum and T. Durum)

Wheat (Triticum Agestivum and T. Durum)

Plant winter wheat in fall to allow for six to eight weeks of growth before the soil freezes. This allows time for good root development. If the wheat is planted too early, it may smother itself the following spring and it could be vulnerable to some late-summer insects that won’t be an issue in the cooler fall weather. If winter wheat is planted too late, it will not overwinter well.

Proverbs 20:26 A wise king scatters the wicked like wheat, then runs his threshing wheel over them.
Willow (Salix Alba)

Willow (Salix Alba)

The best way to propagate weeping willows is first to find a mature tree that you like the look of and then go and ask the owner if you could take a small branch from it in the winter. A site near water is good, willows like moist soil but do not do well in soil that is waterlogged for long periods. Dig a square pit say 18 inches wide and deep. Break up the soil and add some compost if the soil structure needs it. Do not plant near a building or water pipes.

Ezekiel 17:5 He also took a seedling from the land and planted it in fertile soil. He placed it beside a broad river, where it could grow like a willow tree.