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Weeping Willow
Scientific Name: Salix babylonica
Synonym:
Family: Salicaceae
Weeping Willow (Salix  babylonica) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones
USDA: 6-10

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: China, eastern Asia

Growth Habits: Deciduous tree, 40 to 50 feet tall (12-15 m), long, graceful branches that sweep towards the ground; terminal buds lacking; grayish-brown and irregularly fissured bark; yellowish green, narrowly lanceolate, leaves, with finely serrated margin and milky green, slightly glaucous, undersides, 2.4 to 6 inches long (6-15 cm), 0.36 to 0.5 inch wide (0.9-1.2 cm)

Watering Needs: Abundant water, prefers moist soils, tolerates wet soils

Propagation: Cuttings


There are many clones available, as well as other similar species or hybrids, this has created some confusion about exact identifications.

Cultural Practices:
Willows are generally troublesome trees attacked by a variety of insects, have invasive roots and are poor neighbors for whatever you want to cultivate around them.

Blooming Habits:
The weeping willow is dioecious. On both male and female trees, the flowers are upright fuzzy catkins, 0.4 to 1.6 inch long (1-4 cm), appearing before or at the same time as the leaves in the spring.

Fruiting Habits:
Light brown, valve-like capsules, 0.06 inch long (1.5 mm), in 1 inch long (2.5 cm) clusters, containing many fine, cottony seeds, in late spring to early summer.


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