Weeping Willow

Salix babylonica

Salicaceae - Willow Family

Weeping willows are very adaptable trees native to Central Asia, specifically China. Its scientific name comes from the legend that the tree originates from Babylon. They grow to be 50’ tall and equally as wide. Weeping willows are often planted along side streams and ponds.1 The tree blooms in the spring with small upright yellow flowers.2
Aesthetically, the weeping willow is a good centerpiece and shade tree for most yards. They prefer full sun and moist soils, but can grow in almost any soil conditions so long as it is not fast-draining.1 In late summer, they produce clusters of small fuzzy seeds.2 Trees are fast-growing and can require root trimming.1
This tree can be invasive, our-competing other plants if the roots grow unchecked. They can be messy shedding their leaves. Up close they generally not considered to be as impressive.

References and Useful Websites:
1 FloriData
2 VTree ID - Virginia Tech University


This page was prepared by William Dylan DeGraw, BIO 102, Fall 2011

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