General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 20 to 40 feet
Plant Spread: 15 to 25 feet
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Shade Tree
Dynamic Accumulator: Mg (Magnesium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bees

Common names
  • Chinese Willow
  • Pekin Willow
  • Hankow Willow
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Salix babylonica var. matsudana
  • Synonym: Salix matsudana

Photo Gallery
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2012-01-17
Looking up to catch the branch contrast
Location: Akron, OH
Date: 2012-03-18
Young tree around 3 or 4 y.o. started from a Florist branch
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2014-05-18
Location: Skaneateles Conservation Area
photo credit: R. A. Nonenmacher
Location: Skaneateles Conservation Area
photo credit: R. A. Nonenmacher
Location: Akron, OH
Date: 2012-03-18
One of the earliest trees to leaf out
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2012-06-24
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Oct 4, 2015 9:29 PM concerning plant:
    This is a fairly fast growing tree, up to about 30'. Interesting twisty branching, but as with all willows, it's messy (drops leaves and twigs) so give some thought to the siting. As it matures, you can prune out branches for many uses. I've used cuttings for chicken roosts, birdhouse posts, and garden edgings. Easy to propagate, just snip off some whips and set them in water until they root. Or jam them directly into a swampy area. Be cautious about planting too close to your septic system as it is a water hog.
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Cuttings in Water.
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