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Salix Babylonica | Weeping Willow - Girth 14-16cm - 450-500cm - 90lt

Salix Babylonica | Weeping Willow - Girth 14-16cm - 450-500cm - 90lt

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Salix babylonica, commonly known as the weeping willow, is a majestic deciduous tree that belongs to the family Salicaceae. With its graceful and distinctive appearance, the Salix babylonica is widely recognized and admired around the world. Native to China, this tree has been cultivated for centuries and has found its way into various landscapes due to its ornamental value and environmental benefits.

The weeping willow is known for its unique weeping form, with its long, slender branches that droop gracefully towards the ground. It can reach impressive heights, often growing between 30 to 50 feet tall, with some exceptional specimens exceeding 100 feet. The branches are covered in narrow, lance-shaped leaves that are a vibrant green color, turning yellow in the fall before shedding for winter.

One of the most captivating features of the weeping willow is its pendulous branches, which sway and dance in the breeze, creating a mesmerizing display. These branches are adorned with slender, yellow-green catkins in the spring, adding a touch of beauty to the tree's overall appearance.

Salix babylonica thrives in moist environments and is commonly found near bodies of water such as rivers, streams, and lakes. It has an extensive root system that helps stabilize the soil, making it an excellent choice for erosion control along riverbanks and shorelines. Additionally, its dense foliage provides shade and helps regulate water temperature, benefiting aquatic ecosystems.

In addition to its aesthetic and environmental appeal, the weeping willow holds cultural and symbolic significance in various societies. It has been associated with mourning and grief in some cultures, while in others, it represents resilience, flexibility, and adaptability.

When it comes to cultivation, the weeping willow prefers full sun exposure and moist, well-drained soil. It is a fast-growing tree that requires regular pruning to maintain its elegant shape and prevent the branches from touching the ground. Care should be taken when planting near structures or underground utilities due to its invasive root system.

In conclusion, Salix babylonica, or the weeping willow, is a remarkable tree renowned for its graceful weeping form, pendulous branches, and vibrant foliage. It serves both practical and aesthetic purposes, making it a beloved choice for landscapes and water conservation efforts. Its cultural significance and captivating beauty have made it a cherished tree for centuries, captivating the hearts of those who encounter it.

  • Common Name

    Weeping willow

  • Family

    Salicaceae

  • Type

    deciduous tree

  • Pot Size

    90

  • Height (cm)

    450-500cm

  • Native To

    garden origin

  • Flower

    slender catkins up to 4cm long

  • Foliage

    green on top, with a grey-green colour on the under side of the leaf

  • Maturation period

    10–20 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height

8-12m

Mature Width

more than 8m

Shape / habit

pendulous weeping

Preferred Location

Orientation

South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing, exposed or sheltered

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, neutral, full sun

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained, well–drained

Growing Period

Flower

spring

Foliage

spring, summer, autumn

Fruit

summer

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During this time, we have developed a large stock of trees, mature evergreen shrubs, conifers, Japanese maples, cedars and olives. What sets us apart from a generic garden center is solid unwavering focus on trees and some bigger shrubs. You will find thousands of trees, hundreds of varieties and lots of experts who are working on the nursery and more than willing to help you to choose a plant for you.

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