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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


Dulwich Park - A Queens Park but Not a Royal Park (Part 2)Dulwich Park - A Queens Park but Not a Royal Park (Part 2)
By NEILMUIR1 on May 20, 2010

Dulwich Park is famous for its Rhododendrons and Azaleas in May, but there is a lot more to this wonderful place than that. Its wildfowl and wildlife abound; it is managed with the environment in mind, proving an area of outstanding beauty and historical interest can be a place for everyone as well!

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 7, 2019 12:34 PM

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.)

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Posted by NEILMUIR1 (London\Kent Border) on Aug 25, 2014 3:32 PM

Salix comes from old English, and means near water!

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