Salix babylonica

Babylon Weeping Willow

Poets and songwriters have immortalized Weeping Willows for the mood created by their long hanging branches and light feathery leaves. The softwood branches of Willow shrubs can be bent into furniture or baskets. Collect their pussy willows and colorful twigs for dried flower arrangements. Also valued for their fast growth, Willows are planted on the banks of streams and rivers to prevent erosion or to shade other slow-growing trees. Their invasive roots compete with nearby plants for moisture and nutrients, so gardening underneath is difficult. Plant away from sewer lines and systems. Brittle, breakable limbs and continual leaf litter can also be a problem. They tolerate most soils, but need plenty of water. Prefer winter chill. Easily started from cuttings or seed. Stake and train young Weeping Willows so that they grow tall enough for you to walk under their canopies. Prune out dead or damaged branches in summer or fall. Prone to many diseases and insects.
Salix babylonica, Babylon Weeping Willow
Smaller than the Golden Weeping Willow, this broad-crowned tree has olive-green foliage on its drooping branches. Light green catkins appear in spring.

Attributes - Salix babylonica

Plant Type: Tree

Bloom Season: Mid Spring

Flower Color: Yellow

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 30 ft. to 50 ft.

Width: 50 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Climate: Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil. Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Aphids, Beetles, Caterpillars, Rust, Scales, Spider Mites.

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Salix hookeriana, Salix matsudana 'Navajo', Salix matsudana tortuosa, Salix x sepulcralis chrysocoma
 
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