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Willow, Weeping Salix babylonica

Weeping Willow - Salix babylonica
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Graceful and refined, easily recognized by its open crown of ground-sweeping branches. Leaves are light green above, grayish-green beneath. This willow grows especially well near water, reaches 30' - 40' tall, 35' spread. (zones 6-8)

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Zones 6 - 8 Zones 6 - 8
Hardiness Zones 6 - 8
The Weeping Willow can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Shade Tree Shade Tree
Type of tree
Shade Trees
30' - 40' High 30' - 40' High
Mature Height
The Weeping Willow grows to be 30' - 40' feet in height.
35' Spread 35' Spread
Mature Spread
The Weeping Willow has a spread of about 35' at full maturity.
Fast Growth Fast Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a fast growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This willow does well in full sun, partial shade.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Weeping Willow grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well drained, wet, wide range, clay soils.
Rounded Shape Rounded Shape
Shape
This willow has rounded, weeping shape.
Attributes

Weeping Willow is a graceful, elegant tree usually planted along the water's edge in parks and large landscapes. The tree will thrive in a wide range of soil and moisture conditions.

Description

Graceful and refined, easily recognized by its open crown of ground-sweeping branches. Leaves are light green above, grayish-green beneath. This willow grows especially well near water, reaches 30' - 40' tall, 35' spread. (zones 6-8)

Wildlife Value

The Weeping Willow provides browse food for big game, rabbits, and beaver. Deer and other big game will browse on it. It provides nesting sites for numerous small birds and mammals.

History/Lore/Use

The Weeping Willow is dramatic both in appearance and history. Few trees add as much grace to the landscape. Early in the history of interstate commerce, cuttings from this popular species were carried along the trade routes from China. Its occurrence along the Euphrates River eventually fooled the famous botanist, Linnaeus, into thinking this was the Willow of biblical mention, so he gave it the scientific name of babylonica. Later, it was the shade of a Weeping Willow that helped comfort Napoleon during his exile on the Island of St. Helena. After Napoleon was buried under his favorite tree, cuttings from it became a valued prize among his admirers worldwide.

Moisture

Weeping Willow grows well near water, yet has some drought tolerance.

Leaves

The leaves of this tree are long and narrow, most between 2-1/2 and 6 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Slightly wider near the base. Light green with a finely toothed margin.

Flower Color

Yellow, borne on short catkins.

Bloom Time

April - May.

Fruit Description

This tree produces a fruit 1/4 inch in diameter, brown, leaves no litter to speak of.