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Salix alba 'Tristis'

Family: Salicaceae (sal-i-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salix (SAL-iks) (Info)
Species: alba (AL-ba) (Info)
Cultivar: Tristis
Additional cultivar information: (aka Niobe, Chrysocoma)

Synonym:Salix vitellina var. pendula
Synonym:Salix x sepulcralis

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


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


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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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Mar 11, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A very graceful, fast-growing tree that can outgrow its space with astonishing speed. It can easily reach 80' and as wide. (The national champion is 133' x 142'.) Dirr says it's hardy to Z2.

This is the first tree to leaf out in spring. I love the fresh yellow-green of its expanding leaves. It's also the last tree to drop its leaves in the fall. When our first frosts are delayed here, the leaves can turn a clear yellow, but usually frost hits before they can turn.

It is as weak-wooded as it is fast-growing. It drops large branches at the drop of a hat. It is also shallow-rooted, and I've seen many trees uprooted by wind. In a small residential setting, this tree can be dangerous. It's best used in an expansive park setting, especially close to water.

This tree is also famous for continuously raining down leaf and twig debris---the ground beneath the canopy will always be carpeted with litter. And the roots outcompete everything else that may try to grow beneath the canopy. Most notoriously, they plug plumbing when the inevitable leaks occur.

Positive DawgDrvr On Jul 22, 2009, DawgDrvr from Rochester, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I purchasred a 'Niobe Golden Willow' from the PX on Ft. Lewis 4 years ago . The first winter it died back to the ground, with no growth the following year .I gave up and was going to dig it up but my wife said NO! Sence it was a gift from me to her for mothers day . The next spring it sent up 2 suckers from the base and now they are both 20 ft. and growing

Positive joyce1270 On May 19, 2009, joyce1270 from Puposky, MN wrote:

The specific tree I have is called a niobe willow. Grows very fast. We sometimes get down to 40 below zero here and it has done well.


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

Daphne, Alabama
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Puposky, Minnesota
Alger, Ohio
Haviland, Ohio
Florence, South Carolina
Sweetwater, Tennessee
Grand Mound, Washington

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