Salix babylonica - weeping willow
- Common Name(s):
- Weeping willow
Invasive roots; avoid planting near sewers and water lines; reddish brown stems in winter; often mislabelled in nursery trade; one of the first trees to leaf out in spring and last to drop leaves in fall;
Seasons of Intrest:
Foliage: Spring, first Stems: Winter
Wildlife Value: Members of the Salix genus support the following specilized bees: Andrena (Parandrena) andrenoides, Andrena (Thysandrena) bisalicis, Andrena (Tylandrena) erythrogaster, Andrena (Andrena) frigida, Andrena (Micrandrena) illinoiensis, Andrena (Andrena) macoupinensis, Andrena (Trachandrena) mariae, Andrena (Parandrena) nida, Andrena (Micrandrena) nigrae, Andrena (Micrandrena) salictaria, Andrena (Parandrena) wellesleyana. This tree is mildly resistant to damage by deer.
Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Susceptible to canker. Suffers from brittle wood.
- 30-50 ft.
- Not showy
- Sun; prefers moist soil
- Pendulous weeping branches; short trunk; broad rounded crown
- 20-40 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- 3 to 6 in. alternate, narrow, simple leaves
NCCES plant id: 2189