Salix babylonica

Weeping Willow

An iconic medium-sized weeping tree.

Features: Long pendulous branches of bright green foliage. Shade.
Applications: Landscapes, parks, large gardens and lawns. Often used adjacent to water features. Shade.
Description The lush pendulous branches of a Weeping Willow casting its shade in summer is a welcome sight. While established trees are often seen near farmhouses or in paddocks throughout the southwest, more recent landscape plantings can be seen in newer developments through the metropolitan area. With its rich green foliage and weeping habit, it can offer an iconic addition to a landscape. Some other varieties of Willow have been banned in WA and elsewhere because of their potential to become a major weed problem on watercourses. While Salix babylonica obviously does not present the same type of threat, care should be taken to ensure that Weeping Willows are planted in sites that pose no threat to native vegetation nor to natural watercourses. Planted adjacent to static or landscaped bodies of water where its far-reaching roots pose no problem, the Weeping Willow is ideal.
Availability: Currently unavailable
Mature height: 15-20
Mature spread: 10-15
Canopy: Loosely rounded with pendulous, weeping habit. Dense shade.
Growth rate: Fast
Cautions: Invasive potential - plant in landscaped sites where no threat to native vegetation or natural waterways exists. Roots can be shallow, far-reaching and invasive.
Tolerances: Copes with flooding and wet sites. Roots usually tolerate covering.
Sun demands: Ideal in full sun but can tolerate some shade.
Soil demands: Widely tolerant of soil types, acid to alkaline. Prefers moist sites or access to water.
Water demands: Moderate. Can tolerate dry spells when established
Native or Exotic: Exotic
Leaf habit: Deciduous
Family: Salicaceae

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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from 2009.

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