Golden Weeping Willow - Salix x sepulcralis - Zone 4
The golden weeping willow is a medium sized deciduous tree with an exceptionally fast growth rate. Its weeping habit is very attractive and makes it a great landscaping feature.
Golden weeping willows are a hybrid between the white willow (Salix alba) and the Babylon weeping willow (Salix babylonica), both natives of Europe and Asia. The creation of the hybrid dates back to 1888 and they have since spread all around the world as a popular ornamental tree. They are medium sized trees capable of reaching 20 metres high and they develop broad canopies with long pendulous branches that give them their name. These trees have relatively short lifespans, rarely exceeding 60 years and will grow best with plenty of sun in moist to wet locations like lowland areas and riverbanks. The leaves are lanceolate, bright green on top and pale underneath. The bark has a golden colour on young shoots that deepens to brown with age and the trunk develops significant ridges.
Golden weeping willows make great ornamental specimens. They are a striking addition to the landscape though their tendency to drop a lot of twigs makes for a bit of a mess. Their very extensive root system can be a problem if planted too close to pipes and drainage. On the other hand these extensive roots make them a great choice for erosion control along the edges of waterways. Along with the other fast-growing willows there is a great deal of research in recent years looking into the potential of these tree in the creation of biofuel. The bark contains salicin, which is the precursor of salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin. It has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.
|Height at maturity||20|
|Spacing||10 metres (32 feet)|
|Sun / shade||Full sun|
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|Latin name||Salix x sepulcralis|
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