Growing Zones: 4-9 outdoors(hardy down to -20℉) 4-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 30-40 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 35 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Salix babylonica
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Fast Growth and Classic Grace
Sweeping, low branches and a familiar, falling canopy. The Weeping Willow is a favorite among tree lovers for its dramatic appearance and rounded, weeping shape.
Plus, it's perfect for those looking for character and classic looks, adding value to their property. The Weeping Willow is an excellent shade tree that's always in high demand.
And it's one of the fastest growing shade trees, growing up to 6 to 8 feet in one year. Willows start out thin, with only a few branches that point upward against the trunk. But after growing quickly to a height around 10 feet, they burst forth with more and more branches that arch outward, forming the weeping canopy that makes them famous.
Even better, the Weeping Willow thrives in growing zones 4 through 9, and has the ability to absorb standing water. Plant your Willows near trouble spots where water stands in puddles, and watch those water issues disappear.
Though Weeping Willows are often found near rivers, lakes and wetlands, they can grow just about anywhere, even demonstrating some tolerance to drought. They're highly adaptable to all kinds of soils and growing conditions, even helping to prevent soil erosion.
Best of all, your Weeping Willow will be the first harbinger of spring when its leaves appear before most others. And as one of the last trees to lose its leaves in the fall, it's known for its excellent green hues during the spring and summer and boasts virtually no tree litter.
The Weeping Willow: mentioned in many poems, songs and stories because of its grace and beauty. Order one (or more) of your own today!
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I've purchased many trees and plants from fastgrowingtrees.com, including two of these beautiful willows. All of the plants are doing well in harsh conditions on the mountain. I couldn't be more pleased with the trees. The customer service, however, is another story. Good luck getting through to anyone.
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Baby Willow tree - we ordered the smallest size (3-4 ft) of this tree and we are very happy with our purchase. It came packed well in a box with a second tree.
I didn't know the deer would eat away at my willows but they did. Good news is that they are starting new growth.
Bought two weeping willows. They arrived in two days. They both took to their new homes immediately and are indeed growing fast. Beautiful healthy trees.
I was impressed with receiving a live tree in the mail. She took right away and I will be buying more from you guys.
Planting & Care
The weeping willow, (Salix babylonica) is a species of willow native to dry areas of northern China, but cultivated for thousands of years elsewhere in Asia, often being traded along the Silk Road to southwest Asia and Europe.
It grows rapidly, but unfortunately has a short lifespan. The shoots are a yellowish-brown, with small buds. The leaves are alternate and spirally arranged, narrow, light green, with finely serrate margins and long tips; they turn a gold-yellow in autumn. The flowers are produced early in the spring.
Seasonal information: The weeping willow is a medium- to large-sized deciduous tree, growing up to 40 feet tall; with growth throughout the year but encouraged in summer by warm climates. They grow well on most continents.
Location: You should plant your weeping willow in full sun or partial shade at least 35 feet from your septic system or leach field. Weeping willows develop an aggressive root system that gravitates to water. Tiny roots will infiltrate the smallest crack and quickly fill your septic system, clogging or splitting pipes.
1) Dig a hole three times the width and just as deep as the root ball on your tree. Then remove any debris like rocks, grass or soil clumps from the hole and use a shovel or a pitchfork to loosen the soil around the sides of the hole.
2) Place your tree in the hole and make sure that the root collar, or area where the roots meet the trunk of the tree is level with the surrounding ground. Then make sure your tree is standing straight up. If you aren’t sure if your tree is straight or not, use a level.
3) Next, gently back fill the soil and tamp it down. After this process is complete give your tree a long drink of water until the soil becomes moist.
4) Spreading a layer of mulch that’s about three inches thick around the base of your tree will help the soil retain moisture and prevent weeds from growing.
Watering: You should regularly water your weeping willow for the first year to keep soil evenly moist. Water your weeping willow only during dry periods in successive years. Although weeping willows prefer moist soil, they adapt easily to drier soil.
Fertilization: Fertilize the soil of the weeping willow using fertilizer that contains nitrogen after placing the tree in the hole parallel to the ground. Fill the hole with planting soil or the original ground soil, mixed with fertilizer. Avoid applying fertilizer directly to the tree. Choose a brand that has equal parts of each chemical component, such as Miracle Grow 10-10-10 or 20-20-20, or a similar product, for optimum results. Applying fertilizer that contains nitrogen produces greener, lusher plants, and accelerates growth. Wear protective gardening gloves to reduce the possibility of scratches or cuts from tree roots or branches.
Weed Control: Control weeds to keep them away from weeping willow. Keep them at least two or three feet away from the tree, especially when it is young. Use mulch, but not herbicide, to control weeds to keep the tree healthy.
Pests and Disease: Like any tree, the weeping willow is also victims to pests and diseases. The gypsy moth is an invasive species that originally came to the United States back in 1869, but it soon got out into the environment and began breeding and killing weeping willows, as well as a host of other trees. A fungus called Venturia saliciperda is responsible for causing willow scab. Willow scab is a disease in which the fungi infect new or young leaves and cause brownish or black lesions on the leaves. Another disease affecting weeping willow is crown gall, caused by the bacteria Agrobacterium tumefaciens.
Pruning: Air circulation is key for weeping willow pruning. Weeping trees in general develop a thick cluster of branches that can become top heavy or be susceptible to environmental damage from snow or ice. Thinning cuts down on the likelihood of this damage. Thinning the crown increases air circulation, which pushes wind through the tree instead of pushing the thick cluster of branches around, and also keeps disease away. A good rule of thumb is 2 inches between branches at the top of the tree.
Aside from thinning the canopy, you need to trim back branches so they do not drag on the ground. Clip branches back by several inches to maintain the weeping form without having branches drag on the ground, where they could pick up disease. Side growth on the tree detracts from its form. Pinch or clip off nubs that grow from the trunk to maintain the weeping shape, where all branches grow up then fall. Also clip off broken branches, dead branches, or diseased wood to maintain tree health.
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You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
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|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
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|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
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