|Logs||Willow logs (17 coins)|
These trees are found near water. / A droopy tree.
A fully grown Willow tree.
Willow trees require level 30 Woodcutting to chop down. They usually give more than one set of willow logs before being cut down. These trees are often used by those who want quick experience, since they give quick exp relative to the time taken. Chopping these trees is arguably the best woodcutting experience for free players.
The amount of people cutting willow trees has caused a drastic increase in supply, which has lowered prices. Because of this, people cut oaks to make money, and cut willows to raise experience points. It is common to find large quantities of woodcutters on a willow tree in a free-to-play world. They are also popular because they are found in close proximity to banks and are in clusters. Willow trees are found near almost any body of water on RuneScape. They are commonly found by rivers, lakes, and oceans.
Willows also have the highest chance of giving a bird's nest, which can be crushed to make a crushed nest, worth 1,466 coins. Although not a reliable method of money, this can gain you some extra cash. The nests may also contain a seeds, the most profitable a rare Magic Seed, worth 165,129 coins.
In free-to-play, the willow tree is commonly cut to level 60, at which level players can then cut a yew tree, which is the highest tree available to free players. This was even more common before the Dungeoneering skill.
- Draynor Village, south of the marketplace, 5 trees (near bank)
- Port Sarim, beside the bar, 4 trees (near deposit box)
- Port Sarim, south of the jail and east of the church, 14 to 16 trees
- Rimmington, south of the village, 6 trees
- Lumbridge, north of the Doomsayer and south of Roddeck's house, 1 tree
- Lumbridge, north of the eastern chicken farm and southwest of the hops patch, 3 trees
- Varrock, east of Champion's Guild, 2 trees
- Varrock, south, near the sheep farm, 2 trees
- Edgeville, to the east beside the River Lum: 1 east side, 1 west side.
- Crafting Guild, to the north of the entrance, 8 trees
- Daemonheim Peninsula resource dungeon, 6 trees (30 Dungeoneering required.
- Falador, to the west, near the Dark wizards' tower, 6 trees
- Taverley, (19-21 trees) to the west of the lake south of town (also accessible from Falador via the shortcut in the west wall.)
- Seers' Village, north-west of bank, 6 trees
- West of Seers' Village, north of the coal mine and the coal trucks, 12 trees
- West of Seers' Village, north-east of the coal mine and the coal trucks, 7 trees
- Catherby, south-east of the beehives, 5 trees by shore
- Castle Wars, by the bridge north of the entrance, 2 trees
- Witchaven, north of the village
- Barbarian Outpost, beside the entrance to Barbarian assault. There is a close bank chest and is almost never crowded, making it an ideal training spot.
- Ardougne, north of the town near the Moss giants
- Ardougne, south of the south bank, 4 trees
- Feldip Hills, near the ogre Rantz
- East of Fishing Guild, 8 trees
- North of the Tree gnome stronghold, no bank but very quiet.
- Just outside the Legends' Guild.
- West of the Tree Gnome Village, in the peninsula, 6 trees
A willow tree can be grown from a willow seed using the Farming skill in any of the tree patches located around RuneScape. It will take 4 hours and 40 minutes to be fully grown. To do so requires level 30 Farming, a trowel and a willow tree sapling. When planted it earns the player 25 experience points, as well as another 1,456.3 experience points for checking the fully grown tree's health. To guarantee the growth, a payment of one basket of apples is required.
Once fully grown, use secateurs on the tree to cut willow branches. Willow branches will only start growing on a tree after the tree's health is checked. The tree may be cut down as usual granting Woodcutting experience points. Once cut down, using a spade on the stump will give the player willow roots and make the tree patch available for planting a new tree
- A farmed willow tree would look larger, and "rounder" than regular willow trees before the graphic update. This may have been due to the fact that the developers did not wish to take the time to create a special growth sequence for the willow tree and simply added a different texture to the sequence used by the Maple and Oak trees for example.
- During Enlightened Journey, if a player attempts to cut branches from regular willow trees, the game claims that the "branches are too gnarled to cut".
- On the second to last stage of growing a willow tree, you can see through the top of it (highest elevated camera angle).
- Before the update, there were 3 types of willow trees: One tree had 3 tufts of leaves, another had 4 tufts of leaves, and a player-grown willow looked similar to an evergreen tree.
- On several occasions, it has been noted that a planted willow tree can yield up to 32 branches in the Falador tree patch. This was also observed in Varrock and Lumbridge, so probably it can occur at any tree patch. When it occurs you continue cutting branches until your inventory is full, and when you return you get 4 more branches. Whether it is a glitch or not is unknown yet.
- The trees can be a good investment for medium to low level players if they cut branches, but not the tree and just keep getting branches every time they grow back. (Prices for the willow branches are constantly changing so it may not always work.)
- There used to be 6 rarely cut willow trees northwest of Lumbridge, but they were removed due to the Battle of Lumbridge.