After the onset of the first spring days, you have to wait for a long time until the trees become covered with delicate and beautiful flowers. However, there are several plants that begin to please the eye with their flowering much earlier than others. These are both the willow and most of the representatives of its family.
Willow and all plants from the willow family - willow, rose, willow, willow, willow, and others are the earliest to bloom. In the middle of Russia, the most widespread and famous is the "willow" or "bush bush". You can find willow in forests and swamps. One of the earliest flowering willows is considered to be thin-columnar willow or Thunberg, common in the Far East. In upland areas, dwarf willows are found, the height of which does not exceed 1 inch. That is, they do not rise above the mosses, among which they grow.
Many of the members of this family bloom in March, when there is still snow on the ground. The shoots are covered with white, gray or yellow catkins, along with which the leaves are born. Although in some species of willows, flowers bloom first, and only then leaves appear. The holly willow is called willow or red-willow. She has beautiful reddish-brown shoots with a bluish bloom. Flowering time also falls in March-April, and in May you can already see light seeds circling. The three-stalked willow is called a vine. This species is the most common in Russia.
Willow white or silvery is called willow. Perhaps you had to admire it during the wind: with its gusts, the tree turns its leaves either green or silver side. Norway willow or willow is a wind-pollinated plant that blooms long before the leaves open. The absence of the latter only "plays into the hands" of the tree, since they do not interfere with air currents and do not retain pollen. Since the plant does not emit nectar and, accordingly, does not attract insects, it does not need to worry about the beauty of flowers: they are usually small and inconspicuous in appearance, collected in earring inflorescences.
However, you can see insects buzzing around the willow, which confirms the hypothesis that the tree is adaptable to pollination with their help. The advantage of the willow is that it has no adaptation to a certain type of insect, so bees, flies and bumblebees circle around the willow flowers. Some types of willows are domesticated and grown in their own gardens and in private plots, enjoying their color, and unusual shaped branches and leaves.
Of the most beloved by gardeners and gardeners, one can name brittle willow, goat, purple, creeping, whole-leaved, rosemary, etc. The willow of Matsuda is very beautiful, which is a tree with serpentine-curved green shoots. This small shrub with an openwork crown has narrow-lanceolate, long-pointed leaves.