Our Willow trees are between 1.5 to 2 meters tall. The bark is grey-brown and develops deep fissures with age, and twigs are slender, flexible and grey-brown. All willows were seen as trees of celebration in biblical times, but this changed over time and today willows are more associated with sadness and mourning. Willow is often referred to in poetry in this way, and is depicted as such in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, with Ophelia drowning near a willow tree. In northern areas, willow branches are used instead of palm branches to celebrate Palm Sunday.