Weeping Willow

Salix babylonica

Weeping Willow: Full Tree - Click for larger image
  • Family: Salicaceae

  • Medium-sized tree

  • Broad, open, irregular crown

  • Reaches height between 9-12m (30-40’)

All photos by Jason Biggerstaff

Leaves
Twigs & Fruiting Structures
Bark
Distribution and Uses

Leaves

  • Fine-toothed, hairless, narrow, long-pointed leaves

  • Short leafstalks; leafstalk glands can be present

  • Dark green above; white or grey below

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Weeping Willow: Leaves - Click for larger image

Twigs & Fruiting Structures

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Bark

  • Grey, rough, thick; furrowed into ridges

Distribution & Uses

  • Inhabits areas near water such as parks and gardens

  • Native of China; introduced locally from parts of Quebec, Ontario, south to Georgia, west to Missouri; planted in western states

  • Bears leaves early in spring; loses them late in fall

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Weeping Willow: Bark - Click for larger image