Weeping Willow

Salix babylonica



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Family:  Salicaceae

Native or Introduced to Illinois:  introduced

Leaf:  The leaves of this tree are long and narrow, most between 2- and 6 inches long and inch wide. Slightly wider near the base. Light green with a finely toothed margin..

Flower:  Yellow, borne on short catkins blooming April-May.

Fruit:  This tree produces a fruit inch in diameter, brown in color.

Twig/Bark:   Species has long, slender, drooping, yellowish or brownish glabrous twigs.

Size/Form/Shape:   Graceful and refined, easily recognized by its open crown of ground-sweeping branches. Leaves are light green above, grayish-green beneath. This willow grows especially well near water, reaches 30' - 40' tall, 35' spread.

County Distribution Map for Illinois:  


Sources for the Sullivan Middle School Tree Identification Guide were obtained though the use of the following sites:

The information below is from the National Arbor Day Foundation.  This information can be viewed in the original (source) form by visiting The National Arbor Day Foundation at http://www.arborday.org.

Sun Exposure:  This willow does well in Full sun.
Soil Type:  The Weeping Willow grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, rich, clay, sandy, wet, well-drained, wide range of soils. This tree is drought tolerant.
Moisture:  Weeping Willow grows well near water, yet has some drought tolerance.
Growth Rate:  This tree grows at a fast growth rate.

Hardiness Zones:  5 - 8
This willow can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.