Originally from China, the willow tree can be found in North America. They usually grow near a pond, swamp, or other body of water and need direct sunlight. They can reach heights of 70 feet but have a short lifespan of 30 years. There is a lot of meaning behind the willow tree and how it got its name. In China, willow is a symbol of immortality and rebirth. It also symbolizes grief in other parts of the world. There is a lot of superstition surrounding the willow trees and there are legends that witches made broomsticks out of their branches. The Weeping Willow got its name from the water that would fall from the branches, because the leaves can retain a lot of water, and the drops of water that fall symbolize tears.