Golden weeping willow is so named for its brilliant yellow twigs and graceful, drooping form. Like all willows, this cultivar is very tolerant of wet sites; it is also highly susceptible to storm damage.
All common names:
- Residential and parks
Tree or Plant Type:
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Shade tree,
- Large tree (more than 40 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 2,
- Zone 3,
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Moist, well-drained soil,
- Wet soil
- Wet sites,
- Occasional flooding,
- Alkaline soil,
- Clay soil,
- Road salt
- Moderately Tolerant
- Highly susceptible to ice damage,
- Roots prone to invading sewer pipes,
- Weak wood and branch structure
- Spring blossoms,
- Fall color,
- Showy flowers
Seasons of Interest:
- late winter,
- early spring,
- early fall,
- mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
- Insect pollinators
Tree & Plant Care
A great upright willow for moist, wet areas. Tree have a shallow root system.
Full sun to partial shade, and pH adaptable.
Provide supplemental water in dry periods, plants benefit with a layer of mulch to moderate soil temperature and conserve moisture.
Prune in summer to late fall.
Disease, pests, and problems
Susceptible to ice and windstorm damage.
Numerous insects and disease problems: cankers, powdery mildew, leaf spots, willow leaf beetle, and scale.
Native geographic location and habitat
Central and southern Europe, western Siberia and central Asia.
Bark color and texture
Brown to yellow-brown, corky and furrowed.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Alternate, 1 to 4 inches long, slender, finely toothed, lancolate leaves. Bright green to dark green changing to yellow fall color.
Willows are one of first plants to leaf out in spring.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Male and female flowers born in upright catkins. Male flowers are showy. Insect pollinated
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Fruits are two-valved capsules.