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PlantFiles: Weeping Willow
Salix babylonica 'Crispa'

Family: Salicaceae (sal-i-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salix (SAL-iks) (Info)
Species: babylonica (bab-il-LON-ik-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Crispa
Additional cultivar information: (aka Annularis)

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30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive davidjoburg On Dec 30, 2008, davidjoburg from Johannesburg
South Africa wrote:

A beautiful tree that is not as broad or tall as Salix babylonica

Positive mbhoakct76 On Apr 20, 2008, mbhoakct76 from Winsted, CT wrote:

I love my weeping willow, I think its beautill even with all its brittle and broken branches. But it attracts lot of bugs including terminites that the soft wood makes it easy to burrow into and make nests, i have been told by the terminex i should cut it down, so i have already started 3 more weeping willow trees a couple hundred feet from the house(to attract the bugs in the other direction), they grew rapidly and filled in nicely in only a couple of years are over 10' tall and fully weeping.
the other drawback of this tree is that it drops alot of whips in the fall which are hard to rake up. my younger and heathier trees drop less but still require a bit of work in fall.
We live in a area where theres alot of ground water (and flooded basements). many people planted willow trees close to houses to suck up some of that excess water and dry their yards out quicker.


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

Winsted, Connecticut
Smiths Grove, Kentucky
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Cleveland, Ohio
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Puyallup, Washington

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