Weeping Willow - 'Salix babylonica'The Weeping Willow is a smaller ornamental tree originally native to China. Considered by many to have the best form of the weeping willows available in commerce, its scientific name came from Carl Linnaeus in 1736 who mistakenly believed it to be the biblical willow of Babylon from Psalm 137. While it can be a spectacular specimen near the edge of a body of water, its wood is considered weak and it should not be used as a lawn specimen. Litter from leaves, twigs, and branches may be a problem and shallow roots can affect water and sewer lines. Weeping Willows are dioecious, with male and female flowers.
||Weeping Willow, Babylon Weeping Willow, Peking Willow|
||Deciduous Ornamental and Shade Tree|
||Leaves are alternate, simple, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 3 to 6 inches long, 1/2 to 3/4 inches wide, acuminate, cuneate, serrate, light green above, grayish green beneath, with distinct venation, and glabrous. Leaves turn yellow before falling in the fall.|
||30 to 40 feet in height with a comparable spread.|
||Zone 6 to 8. For an idea of your plant zone please visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.|
||With a broad rounded crown that weep to the ground, the Weeping Willow has pendulous branching and a short trunk.|
||It is dioecious, with male and female flowers. Flowers are silvery green catkins on separate male and female trees.|
|Diseases & Insects:
||Blights, powdery mildew, leaf spots, cankers, aphids, scale, borers, lacebugs and caterpillars.|
||Wonderful show piece when used near a body of water. Extremely picturesque when mature, providing for adequate shade. An unparalleled specimen (along with the Corkscrew Willow) when used properly in landscape designs.|
||Enjoys average, medium to wet, well-drained soils. Avoid dry soils.|
||Water regularly after initial planting and prune in winter or early spring as necessary to maintain form and desired shape.|
||Fertilize an area three times the canopy spread of the tree 1 to 2 times a year with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Only fertilize an established tree.
||Dig a hole three times the diameter of the root system, with a depth no deeper than the original soil line on trunk. Break up the soil to the finest consistency possible. Place plant in hole and fill, compacting the fill dirt. Water the plant heavily to seal soil around the roots and remove air pockets. Water well, and remember to water regularly until they have started to grow.