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Salix alba, photo courtesy of Science Photo Library/Alamy
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Zones A2, A3, 1-11, 14-24
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Ample WaterRegular Water
Ample, Moderate

Salix alba

White Willow
Deciduous, Trees


Fast-growing, weak-wooded, short-lived plants. Weeping willows are best used as single trees near a stream or lake, though they can, with training, become satisfactory shade trees for patio or terrace. They leaf out very early in spring and hold their foliage late. Shrubby willows are grown mainly for catkins (this group goes by the name “pussy willow”) or colorful twigs, as screen plants, or for erosion control on stream or river banks.

Salix alba

From Europe and NorthAfrica. Upright to 75–100 ft.tall, 50–100 ft. wide. Yellowishbrown bark. Narrow, 1 1/2–4-in., bright green leaves are silvery beneath, may turn golden in fall. The following forms are valued for colorful twigs.

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