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PlantFiles: White Willow
Salix alba f. argentea

Family: Salicaceae (sal-i-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salix (SAL-iks) (Info)
Species: alba f. argentea

Synonym:Salix alba var. sericea

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Mar 26, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Dirr says this is hardy from Z8 to Z2. Very fast growing. Some forms have highly silvered foliage.

Weak wooded and shallow rooted, this species is subject to uprooting and major branch drop in wind storms. It's also a "dirty" tree, shedding many leaves, twigs and small branches all season long. The roots outcompete anything else within the drip line, and are notorious for seeking out and clogging plumbing.

Perhaps this is best reserved for large parks and other areas where it's unlikely to cause harm if it fails. Not a safe street tree.

This can be stooled or coppiced annually, and this may be its best use. If frequently cut to the ground, this makes a good silver foliage plant for the shrub border, especially 'Silver Column'.

Positive nlafrance3 On Mar 26, 2015, nlafrance3 from Edmonton, AB (Zone 4a) wrote:

Very nice looking semi weeping willow. Looks very similar to Russian Olive. The willow won't mind sitting water. Hardy to at least zone 2a. Popular along busy streets in Edmonton,Ab.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Winnetka, Illinois

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