Free Shipping on Orders $125+

You are in Growing Zone:


  Hurry... (Ends in )

9:30am-5pm EST

You Get Potted Trees... Not "Bare Root" (see why)
Checkout Shopping Cart: (0) Items
  • Willow Hybrid for Sale

    Willow Hybrid for Sale

    Willow Hybrid for Sale

*images shown are of mature plants

Willow Hybrid

Salix x matsudana x alba


1. Height

  • Ships week of Mar 26
  • 2yr. Tree, Great for Large Plantings

2. Quantity

3. Extras

-t- Planting Mix
Willow Hybrid Planting Mix

Helps your Willow Hybrid get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breather while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 6ft. round size makes it easy to protect sensitive container plants.

Add A Decorative Pot

Growing Zones: 4-9
(hardy down to -20℉)

Growing Zones 4-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

35-45 ft in rows 50-75 ft alone

Mature Width:

20-30 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


5 ft

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Salix x matsudana x alba

Does Not Ship To:


Don't Buy Bare-Root Trees (learn why below)

Very Fast Privacy Screen

Need to block a large area in a hurry? The Willow Hybrid (also referred to as the Austree) grows up to 6+ ft. a year... filling out to create a solid green wall!

This deciduous tree serves as an excellent, trouble-free privacy screen. Willow Hybrid trees are very effective at blocking out what you don't want to see.

Disease resistant too! Tolerates both hot and cold climates... Grows well from Florida to Canada! Thrives in almost any soil.

Our special breed of Willow Hybrid is famous with Builders and Developers around the Country.

Savvy Home Builders can take an undesirable piece of property and magically hide views of roads and unsightly neighbors. In little time, buyers will see a well-formed, lush green hedge, and forget about what's on the other side.

These trees are a landscaping secret that can potentially add millions to the value of a housing development, or tens of thousands to your home.

Enjoy natural privacy for a fraction of what you would pay for an ugly fence.

When you receive your trees, they don't look like much. Plant them 5 feet apart and stand back. They fill out faster than any hedge tree we know of... typically forming into a thick green wall by the end of the first full growing season.

The recent turn in the housing market has put these trees in short supply. Order today while they're still available.

Customers who bought this item also bought...

Customer Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
185 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Stars
Love them but no need to buy more, I have 5 trees that I grew by cutting branches and Putting them I a 5 gal bucket. Grow roots in about 2 weeks, then Plant. 40' tall today.
January 1, 2013
My first review after purchasing 5 of these willows last spring was so premature...and I have to retract! Just one entire year later the same 5ft I purchased the are all now 24ft tall and thick! I could not be more happy with the outcome, being that NJ isnt the best place for predictable weather...I plan on buying more as gifts for friends I know that are looking for privacy...If you need privacy and are not blessed with patience like me, trust this NJgirl and you will not be let down...give it a full year and you will think your trees are on steroids! Instant beautiful fence...I drink my coffee in the a.m and smile at the view. Complete privacy. Thankyou FG
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
Love, love, love these trees - my trees have tripled in size in one summer!!! I pruned them last week and put the larger branch clippings in a bucket of water and they are rooting already!!
January 1, 2013
over 6 years ago
This tree is great for privacy. They grow so fast. My trees grew over 18 feet tall in less than 2 years. I had to cut the tops off so they would stop growing up. They grow like crazy. Several branches sprout from the main trunk that just keep growing and growing and growing. This is the quickest remedy if you need privacy and your zoning laws do not allow you to build a fence over 6 feet tall. I just ordered 2 more.
January 1, 2013
Willow Hybrid
The tree arrived very well packaged. I planted it in March and by November it had grown 10 plus feet. Thought the following winter had killed it. But then shoots from the roots started this
Spring and now it is 14 feet tall. Great fast growing tree.
August 3, 2014
Roanoke, VA
over 5 years ago
Growing Zone:
We bought 60 0f these trees and planted them last fall. They don't look like much when you get them. I was worried about them surviving through the winter since we planted kinda late. All but maybe one survived the winter and is already branching out and growing! They are all about 6 or 7 feet tall too! I can't wait until our neighbors disappear!
January 1, 2013
over 6 years ago
I purchased ten hybrid willows in May, and through no fault of Fast-Growing-Trees, 9 didn't survive the cross-country trip. I notified them in July, and they immediately replaced all 10 with potted trees of which the majority are coming along well. The company was courteous, responsive, professional and very accommodating. I highly recommend them!wel
January 1, 2013
Very pleased. These trees has performed better than advertised. No problems yet, but I have been warned by my tree guy that they can have invasive roots
January 1, 2013
over 7 years ago
Almost as good as advertised!
I purchased 5 Willow Hybrids to help give me some privacy in my back yard. One of the trees died right away but three of the other 4 are doing very well. The 4th one had had a set back but is coming back and should be okay. Although they say you can plant these trees almost anyplace and they will do well. I recommend planting them in rich soil that gets around 5 hours of direct sunlight. I planted one of mine in a spot that gets about 5 hours of direct sun light and in an area that was once a tomato garden and it has out grown the others by 6 feet. The other trees are in an area that gets around 7 hours of direct sun light.
September 8, 2014
over 3 years ago
Bought 25 trees last october. they all are growing at a good pace except 2 or 3 trees. Looks like we may lose 2 or 3. Overall i am very satisfied.
January 1, 2013

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Willow Hybrid

Willow Hybrid Planting Diretions

It’s difficult to name a faster growing tree than a willow. The Willow Hybrid can grow up to six feet a year. Unlike the weeping willow, the Willow Hybrid grows straight up, making it a perfect tree when you need privacy—fast.  Plant Willow Hybrids to block ugly views, hide the air conditioner, or to keep your nosy neighbor from peering through the window. These trees are easy to care for. Follow these tips to keep your trees happy and healthy.

Why You Can’t Beat Willow Hybrids for Privacy Screens: For a tree to be truly trouble-free, it needs to be resistant to pests and diseases, tolerate a wide variety of soil conditions, and grow virtually anywhere. That’s the Willow Hybrid in a nutshell. You won’t have to worry about spraying it for pests, which will save you money in the long run. It is hardy in USDA zones 4-9, so it will grow throughout the United States. It is tolerant of everything from heavy clay soils to sandy soils. While this tree isn’t evergreen, its dense branching structure continues to provide privacy and screening during the winter.

The only thing limiting these trees from growing up to six feet a year is drought. Like all willows, the Willow Hybrid does best if it gets regular water. That makes it perfect for swampy or low spots in the lawn, but they’ll grow anywhere as long as you water them if your area goes without rain for more than three to four weeks in the summer.

How to Plant Willow Hybrid Trees: Plant a Willow Hybrid as either a stand-alone tree or as a hedge or privacy screen. The mature height and width are 45 to 75 feet tall and 20-30 feet wide. For an instant privacy screen, plant these trees 5 feet apart. To give the trees a bit more room (which requires less work in terms of pruning and maintenance), plant them 20-30 feet apart. You can plant them in a straight line, or in two staggered rows. They’ll grow best in full sun to partial shade. You can plant Willow Hybrids at any time of the year when the ground isn’t frozen. They establish quickly.

1) When planting a tree, dig a hole as deep as the root ball, but twice as wide.
2) Place the tree in the hole to check the depth. If the level of the soil surrounding the hole is higher than the root ball, pick the tree up, put some more soil in the hole, and replace the tree.
3) Fill in around the tree with soil that you removed. There’s no need to add any other special soil amendments when planting Willow Hybrid trees.
4) To help the trees establish, consider using a tree gator or water reservoir to give them a steady drip of water.

Pruning: Willow Hybrids require pruning primarily to control their size and shape and to remove dead branches. Cut dead branches all the way back to the trunk, stopping at least ½ inch before the trunk. The pruning cut will heal itself.

If you’re growing the Willow Hybrid as a hedge, trim once a year in the winter, which will encourage the tree to branch out and become denser throughout the summer.

Watering: Water Willow Hybrids daily after you first plant them. After two weeks, you can water every other day. After one month, you can water twice a week. After three months, water the Willow Hybrids once a week. They won’t need extra water after they’ve been in the ground for six months unless it is very hot and dry. (Temperatures above 80 degrees with no measurable precipitation for three weeks or more.)

Willows do grow well in damp conditions. They do not usually need extra water unless your area has not had rain for three to four weeks during the summer. If that is the case, water the trees twice a week. Count to 20 on each tree, or provide five large watering cans full of water for each tree.

Mulching: Hybrid Willows grow best in slightly moist conditions, mulch around these trees once a year with shredded hardwood bark mulch. The mulch will help keep the moisture in. Do not mound the mulch around the trunk of the tree, however. Spread a layer of mulch that is three inches deep extending three feet from the tree trunk. Pull the mulch at least an inch away from the trunk to prevent insects and diseases from establishing.

Fertilizing: You don’t need to fertilize Willow Hybrids. They grow just fine on their own!

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

Start typing your question and we'll check if it was already asked and answered. Learn More
Browse 197 questions Browse 197 questions and 376 answers
Why did you choose this? Store
we are expecting fast growing privacy generating shrubbbery.
kristina r on Nov 11, 2017
need for privacy
denay k on Oct 21, 2017
we are expecting fast growing privacy generating shrubbbery.
kristina r on Nov 11, 2017
fast growing tree, howver it is constanly shedding leaves throughout the summer.
Golf Bob on Nov 2, 2017
need for privacy
denay k on Oct 21, 2017
About two years ago, purchased to provide privacy along the rear property line. These willow hybrid trees are amazing, all of them are over 20 feet tall and required minimal watering and maintenance. Neighbors were impressed basically I have green monster wall like Fenway Park.
Enrique P on Oct 21, 2017
Fast growing means privacy sooner!
Jackie W on Oct 20, 2017
love the look
jacqueline t on Oct 18, 2017
Fast growing border fence
roger r on Oct 18, 2017
Fast growing to block the view of the road behind our house.
Charles I on Oct 15, 2017
I wanted a fast growing privacy/shade hedge to cool one side of my property.
Melody R on Oct 4, 2017
Grows fast, makes good privacy fence
shirley b on Aug 26, 2017
Natural border fence/ space filler, like everyone else
Michael A on Aug 11, 2017
Need a quick privacy hedge.
Dawn W on Aug 10, 2017
Fast growing privacy, and grows well in a wet yard.
Jeffrey C on Aug 4, 2017
For fast growing privacy wall
Sarah P on Jul 31, 2017
Privacy along fence from new home construction.
Schooner G on Jul 31, 2017
Our subdivision only allows a small ornamental fence and since we like our privacy we decided to try the Willow Hybrid last year (July 2016). We ordered several 3-4' trees and they are now between 7-8' high and well on their way to interlocking and creating a hedge. Don't be dismayed by what you receive, they will grow and fill out quickly! I just came back to the site to order more. We're very happy with the purchase and the progress of the trees!
Allen S on Jul 30, 2017
Said they were fast growing shrubs and that what we were looking for.
Tonja P on Jul 28, 2017
Privacy. Fast growing
anita h on Jul 26, 2017
Fast growing and to hide my neighbors out. Lol
Ronald D on Jul 24, 2017
Use as weaving and hardiness to area. Very pretty color
linda h on Jul 9, 2017
My mom is looking to make a privacy wall and I am surprising her with these fast growing shrubs.
Sara M on Jul 7, 2017
Quick, economical privacy option
John M on Jul 7, 2017
Easy to plant. Fast growing.
Dorsey F on Jul 3, 2017
Great price and qualities!
Victor L on Jul 3, 2017
already 10' tall and growing!
Reneth O on Jul 1, 2017
they grow fast
michelle f on Jun 29, 2017
Privacy fence
Suja J on Jun 22, 2017
fast growing; needed for privacy
pam r on Jun 21, 2017
wanted some privacy for my garden
Guy on Jun 21, 2017
fast growing
Ann T on Jun 17, 2017
Esther H on Jun 13, 2017
I want fast growing, full trees for privacy
JAN B on Jun 12, 2017
Fast growing privacy along backyard fence.
Brian L on Jun 5, 2017
Needed fast growing and something that can handle wet feet occasionally
Craig H on Jun 2, 2017
Lesa J on May 29, 2017
Neighbor gave a family member some land and they built close to us. They did put up a privacy fence but since our property is higher they can still see into part of our backyard where the pool is. I am missing my privacy so hopefully these will screen/block their view.
Kimberly B on May 26, 2017
For quick growing
Janice M on May 25, 2017
Fast growing privacy
Vanessa L on May 25, 2017
fast growing, great reviews
diane k on May 23, 2017
Works great screening out undesirable views and ensuring privacy.
J Christopher H on May 22, 2017
Because they will grow quick for privacy!
Robert S on May 21, 2017
SONDRA D on May 20, 2017
Because the fast growing tree And weather hardy
Peter P on May 20, 2017
Giving it a try for a future privacy screen
Justin M M on May 18, 2017
Julius S on May 18, 2017
Supposed to be fast growing and hearty...we'll see!
Karen C on May 17, 2017
Quick, natural screen between house and road
Jack M on May 15, 2017
Privacy , fast growing, good reviews
Melissa b on May 14, 2017
My brother told me about it
Lyn W on May 14, 2017
Privacy and fast growth
Tom L on May 14, 2017
fast growing tree, howver it is constanly shedding leaves throughout the summer.
Golf Bob on Nov 2, 2017
About two years ago, purchased to provide privacy along the rear property line. These willow hybrid trees are amazing, all of them are over 20 feet tall and required minimal watering and maintenance. Neighbors were impressed basically I have green monster wall like Fenway Park.
Enrique P on Oct 21, 2017
I need to fill in 70 feet. How many is needed?
Tragg on Dec 23, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This willow grows extremely rapidly, and will reach 20 feet tall and 5-6 feet wide feet wide in just 2-3 years, and grows taller and thicker as it matures. For 70 feet, you can plant on 5 foot centers, which would require 14 trees for 70 feet.
Does this tree stay green all year long?
Lily8 on Apr 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No sorry they don't stay green all year. Thick rusty brown to lite brown stems. Still very nice to look at during the cold winter months. Start to bloom early. Very hardy tree.
if i clip this bush/ tree to keep it only 10 foot tall how wide will it get? Willow hybrid
Chadnoteable on May 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This tree grows to 35-45 feet tall when mature and 20-30 feet wide. To keep it pruned to 10 feet will take regular pruning, and the trees will still get 20 feet wide unless you prune the sides, too. If you want something that grows only 10 feet tall, you can consider the Emerald Green Thuja (8-10 feet tall and only 3-4 feet wide) or Sky Pencil Holly (8-10 feet tall and 2 feet wide).
Are they safe to plant near septic?
Amanda O on Jan 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We would not suggest planting the Willow Hybrids near a septic tank.
How many willow trees to cover a 30 meter stretch?
delcathey on Jun 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We suggest that you plant these 5-6ft apart, so with that being said you would need 20.
will it grow in partial shade?
bob l on Sep 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This fast growing Willow Hybrid loves the sun, but will grow well in part sun, also.
can I train this tree to only grow tall and not much wide? a mature width of 40 ft will be too much for my yard
A shopper on Aug 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They don't grow as wide if planted in rows, but if planted alone you'll need to trim your Hybrid back with pruning shears to keep it at your desired width. This would require regular pruning. You might consider choosing a smaller, more narrow tree, such as Thuja Green Giant, for your yard.
Do Willow Hybrid ever get bagworms or need spraying?
A shopper on Jun 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I purchased a willow hybrid two years ago. It has grown well and has not had pest or disease problems.
How tall can these get?
A shopper on Jun 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Willow Hybrid Tree gets 35 to 45 ft tall when planted in rows and 50 to 70 ft tall on its own.
Is the Willow Hybrid the same as the Austree ?
Eric J on Jun 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Willow Hybrid and Austree are the same thing.
will this tree grow in south florida?
elizabeth N on Jan 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This tree needs more cold weather than it would get in south Florida' I would look for another tree to plant.
will these grow under tall pine trees?
A shopper on Jul 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We purchased three of the Willow Hybrid, two of which are planted under/around large mature pine trees and all are doing well.
are these bushes safe for dogs?
cyndi A on May 22, 2017
What is the average size "diameter" of the trunks of these trees when they are mature and will the wind break them easily?
Thomas A on May 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The trunks of a mature trees can be 3-5 feet across, and are not prone to break in the wind. However, there can be some breakage of limbs on up the tree, even though the branches are a bit more limber than those of many Willows. Young trees do not have this problem, which doesn't really show up until the trees are quite large. This tree makes a great fast-growing screen or windbreak for a large, open area, but will need some grooming if you keep an immaculate yard.
Is this evergreen?
Nicole H on Jun 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, the Willow Hybrid is not an Evergreen Tree. The leaves and blooms turn dark brown, but come back thicker and fuller each year from early Spring to Late Fall. Grows like a weed and offers great privacy during the summer months for all your relaxing and cookouts.
Can you plant these in full shade?
j i on May 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have a total of five Willow Hybrids. Love them. 3 get full sun and the other 2 have mostly shade, very very little sun. They are growing at the same rapid rate as the others. I live in Zone 5. Hope this helps.
Are these trees deer resistant?
Amanda on May 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is is deer resistant. However if food is sparse pesky deer will eat anything.
Can these trees be planted near an acre pond without invading? They would be planted about 4-5 feet away from water's edge. If not, what trees can I plant for privacy near our pond. Also, since we are using for privacy, do they lose leaves in the winter?
Debbie R on May 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: These trees love water and they have a big root system that seeks out water sources, so the roots would be growing into the pond in short order, unless you plant the 25-30 feet away. They are also deciduous and lose their leaves in the winter. I do not know your growing zone or location (humid east coast vs. dry west coast), but a ocuple of good, fast-growing evergreen trees to consider for screening would be Green Giant Thuja (zones 5-9), Nelllie Stevens Holly (zones 6-9) or spartan Juniper (zones 5-9).
Is there maintenance required for this tree?
A shopper on Jul 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Only trimming; if a desired shape. Lots of water when initially planted, other than that, they are pretty self sufficient.
we want to plant them near our pool, do they shed lots of leafs?
Teresa S on Jun 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They will lose their leaves. Also, we strongly suggest you plant these trees AT LEAST 40ft from a pool.
I live on Lake Champlain, and we get high cold winds in the winter, how will will the willows respond to these very cold conditions?
tom b on Jun 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I purchased these willows 2 summers ago in 2012. I live in South East Michigan and we had an awful winter. The willows continue to return each spring and are more full and lush each season.
When I get my trees can I water everyday? Will they get water Log?
Mary Jo B on Jul 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: These Willows love water, and especially when you plant in summer, you should water deeply every other day for the first couple of weeks (you can water every day if the leaves look droopy or if it is extremely hot), then you can go to twice a week for a couple of weeks, and then once a week. It is hard to over-water a Willow, but if you wait a few hours after watering, and then take a handful of soil and if water comes out when you squeeze it, then you are over watering and need to cut back a little. Soil that is boggy every once and a while is fine, but it does need to have periods when the soil is only moist, not wet.
if I planned this in a row to block my road, will this plant spread and take over my yard?
wendy a on Jun 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This plant is not invasive and will not send up sprouts or spread seedlings about. However, it will grow quite tall quite fast, reaching 35-45 feet tall. If you have a very large space, this size will be fine; if you have a small city lot, this tree is probably too big for you to use as a screen.
Do these plants/ trees stay green year-round in Massachusetts?
Chris on May 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Salix/willow are deciduous; that is the answer.
Do they loose foliage in winter?
Okie Gardener on Apr 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They're not evergreens, they're deciduous so yes they would lose their leaves. The first year they don't do much, we're seeing more growth and branches already this spring.
Does this tree grow in cold climate?
Brad M on May 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 4-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Are these evergreen trees?
Michael C on May 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, mine looses its leaves every winter and so far it is not as thick as the picture shows. For shade or privacy, it is not working.
how many willow hybrids do I need for a 50 ft. row?
paul r on May 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would use 10.
How well do they handle high winds sometimes up 40 mph?
gsliny64 on Apr 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No problem Its planted at the Jersey shore- handles all the winds!
does the Willow Hybrid lose its leaves?
Carlos T on Sep 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It stays full all year, however, it is like a dog, it sheds leaves all year long. Grows very fast, I planted my 9 trees May 2014 and they were 4 ft and as of Sept 2015, they are approx 20 ft.

Shipping Details

Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted

Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email from with a tracking number.

Shipping Alert:

Due to cold weather, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.

Zone Map


Shipping Resumes

Zones 3 & 4

Week of Apr 30th

Zones 5

Week of Apr 16th

Zones 6

Week of Mar 26th

Zones 7-11

Ships Now!

Shipping Cost

Amount of Order


Less than $15











32% of order