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Native or Introduced to Illinois: introduced
Leaf: The leaves of this tree are long and narrow, most between 2-½ and 6 inches long and ½ 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 ¼ 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.
Species grows rapidly, but comparably short-lived.
This species can be propagated by cuttings.
County Distribution Map for Illinois:
Sources for the Sullivan Middle School Tree Identification Guide were obtained though the use of the following sites:
- Illinois Plant Information Network (ILPIN) @ http://www.fs.fed.us/ne/delaware/ilpin/ilpin.html#Background
- List of Woody Plants Native or Naturalized in Illinois @ http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/~kenr/woody.html
- Tree Species @ http://ostermiller.org/tree/species.html
- Index to Eastern/Central Trees @ http://www.arborday.org/trees/ECtreelist.html
- ISU Forestry Extension Identification of Common Trees of Iowa @ http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/tree/
- Key to Leaves of Virginia Trees @ http://www.fw.vt.edu/dendro/forsite/key/intro.htm
- List of Native Trees for Use Along Roadsides in Illinois @ http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/~kenr/treetable.html
- The PLANTS Database @ http://plants.usda.gov/
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.