Growing Zones: 4-9 outdoors(hardy down to -20℉) 4-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 35-45 ft. in Rows; 50-75 ft. Alone
- Mature Width:
- 20-30 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Salix x matsudana x alba
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Very Fast Privacy Screen
A living and lush privacy fence of your very own is just a click away. The Willow Hybrid, also known as the Austree, grows up to 6 feet each year, filling out to create a solid green wall. And it's an excellent, trouble-free green screen. The deciduous Willow Hybrid Trees are highly effective for creating an all-natural fence in a flash.
Even better? It's disease resistant and tolerates both hot and cold climates. From Florida to Canada, Willow Hybrids thrive in almost any soil and any weather. Because of that versatile and highly adaptable nature, our special breed of Willow Hybrid is popular with landscape developers across the country. Savvy home builders take undesirable properties and transform them with the Willow Hybrid.
Though it may look small when it arrives to your door, the Willow Hybrid transforms quickly. In fact, Willow Hybrids typically form a thick green wall by the end of the first full growing season. Basically, the Willow Hybrid is synonymous with nearly-instant yet elegant privacy. Order a few (or more) of your own today!
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Customer Reviews & Photos
Sticks with no leaves
When I think privacy tree I certainly don’t think a tree that becomes completely leafless. Very disappointed.
We are so sorry to hear that your Willow Hybrids are not satisfactory. While these are great privacy trees during the warmer months and in warmer climates, they are deciduous and will drop leaves. One of our customer care reps will reach out privately to see what we can do to help!
I purchased six of the 6-7 ft willow hybrids at a cost of $461.70. I planted them in May’18 in Jacksonville, Fl and as of now I have six leafless sticks in my yard. I’ve planted Leyland Cypress, live oaks, crepe myrtles and so on and everything is doing great. These willow hybrids have done nothing.
We are so sorry that your Willow Hybrids haven't done well, David! We're going to reach out to you privately to provide some options for replacements. We hope to change this experience around for you!
Arrived in very good condition.
I purchased 9 hybrid willows approximately 3 weeks ago. The trees arrived in great condition. I have transplanted the trees into larger containers and I plan on putting them in the ground once winter is over.
Not deer resistant
We received our two trees. They came packed very nicely. Planted them watered them....hoping to create a barrier wall to block noise from the turnpike. Was not meant to be. The deer ate most of them. There is a little left my husband wants to wrap them in wire to give them a chance to live. We shall see.
Amazing packaging but some quality control issues.
The packaging is really well thought out and very stable for the trees when in transit. Even when the delivery driver stood them on end roots up (which means he didn't observe the box notices) the trees didn't get damaged. We had one tree of five that was replaced at no charge as it had a significant injury from some time ago. Another tree of five was much smaller than the rest. I requested a replacement but that was denied. The quality is good when the quality controls are employed. I think four stars is fair.
Planting & Care
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!
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 with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
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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We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 11||Ships Now!|