Salix japonica Thunb. fide NPM Notes (Weeping Willow):
And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses.
Isaiah 44:4 (KJV)
They shall spring up like grass amid waters, like willows by flowing streams.
Isaiah 44:4 (RSV)
And they will certainly spring up among the green grass, like poplars by the water ditches streams.
Isaiah 44:4 (NWT)
Zohary suggests that if the willows of the Bible were native to the Holy Land, they would have been Salix acmophylla or Salix alba, which hybridize readily. I suggest that romantics like me like the idea of the weeping willow, Salix babylonica, in their biblical garden.
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