Willow, Weeping Salix babylonica
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)Pricing Information
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Hardiness Zones 6 - 8The Weeping Willow can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Type of treeShade Trees
Mature HeightThe Weeping Willow grows to be 30' - 40' feet in height.
Mature SpreadThe Weeping Willow has a spread of about 35' at full maturity.
SunThis willow does well in full sun, partial shade.
SoilThe Weeping Willow grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well drained, wet, wide range, clay soils.
ShapeThis willow has rounded, weeping shape.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Weeping Willow grows well near water, yet has some drought tolerance.
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.
Yellow, borne on short catkins.
April - May.
This tree produces a fruit 1/4 inch in diameter, brown, leaves no litter to speak of.
Rate of growth refers to the vertical increase in growth unless specified differently. Rate, as is true for size, is influenced by numerous variables such as soil, drainage, water, fertility, light, exposure, ad infinitum. The designation slow means the plant grows 12” or less per year; medium refers to 13 to 24” of growth per year; and fast to 25” or greater.Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, by Michael Dirr.