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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 30 to 50 feet, possibly higher
Plant Spread: 30 to 50 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Shade Tree
Dynamic Accumulator: Mg (Magnesium)
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Dioecious

Common names
  • Weeping Willow
  • Babylon Weeping Willow

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Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2006-11-27
Damage following a heavy snow
Location: Socorro New Mexico 
Date: 1985 Jan
Location: Botanical specimen in the Nagai Botanical Garden, Osaka, Japan.
Date: 2012-08-27
Location: Leeds Castle, Kent!
Date: 2014-08-24
Photo by Hazelcrestmikeb
Location: March 2023 | Fairfax VA
Date: 2023-03-02

Date: 2018-12-04
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 1/4/2015
Salix babylonica, 2015
Location: in Seiwa-en, part of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Date: Spring, 2004
Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)
Photo by Sharon
Location: central Illinois
Date: 5-19-19
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Date: May 29, 2006
Love to watch it sway in the breeze!
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2015-07-28
"Salix babylonica, 2015, Babylon willow or weeping willow, SAY-li

Date: 2012-12-14
Location: in Seiwa-en, part of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Date: Spring, 2004
Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-07-15
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-07-15
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2014-04-16
Early spring
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-09-14
Location: Leeds Castle, Kent!
Date: 2014-08-24

Date: 2012-12-14

Date: 2012-12-14
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2010-02-27
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-11-26
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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 7, 2019 12:34 PM concerning plant:
    This is the most weeping of all the weeping willows. It is native to China, not Iraq. Carl Linneus gave this its scientific name, wrongly thinking it was the tree mentioned in the Old Testament about the ancient Jews hanging their harps on the branches of trees along the Euphrates River around the ancient city of Babylon. Saplings or rooted cuttings of this tree were carried along the Silk Road from China to Central Asia and the Middle East and made it to Europe at least in the early 1700's. Somehow, this species crossed with the native White Willow of Europe, with the cultivar of' 'Vitellina' with the most yellow twigs, and the Golden Weeping Willow came forth. The twigs and branchlets of the Babylon Weeping Willow are not yellow, but are green or brown. The leaves are to 6 inches long by 3/4 inch wide and are gray-green beneath and not so white. I've never seen the pure Chinese species. There may be some in the South USA, as it is not real cold hardy. Different sources say from USDA Zone 6 to 8 as the northern most zone. There are some of the Chinese species planted in Europe. (What is the really common weeping form of willows is the Golden Weeping Willow of Salix x chrysocoma or Salix alba 'Tristis' or 'Niobe' or Salix alba vitellina 'Tristis' or Salix x aureo-pendula that is planted so much in the northern USA and southern Canada.)
  • Posted by NEILMUIR1 (London\Kent Border) on Aug 25, 2014 3:32 PM concerning plant:
    Salix comes from old English, and means near water!
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