Water Willow - Ships April- Aug.

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Planting Zones 4-10
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Water Willow - Ships April- Aug. Description

Water Willow

The Water Willow, or Salix babylonica as it is known botanically, is the most popular of the Water trees.

This tree bears graceful arching stems that dangle and sway in the breeze. A deciduous tree, the Water Willow shows leaves that are lance-shaped and grow 3 to 6-inches long. In autumn, this tree's leaves turn yellow before dropping. The Water Willow Tree's bark appears gray and rough, with deep, long ridges. When the Water Willow Tree blooms in late winter or spring, yellow catkins appear.

Water willow care and maintenance

Water Willows Trees are fast-growing and can realize 10 feet per year when young; however, their lifespan is a short 30 years. It is best to plant your Water Willow Tree in the fall to give the root system time to establish before the warmer weather begins. This tree thrives best in full sun or partial shade, with at least four hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day. The Water willow Tree is tolerant of a wide variety of well-draining soils, although it prefers moist, slightly acidic soil. This tree also grows well in alkaline, loamy, sandy, clay, or rich soils. Water Willows Trees thrive near standing water since they have a very long root system. Planting this tree in flood-prone areas of your garden landscape is ideal. Water Willow Trees have some drought tolerance and will grow the winter cold and summer heat as long as the water is provided. Mature Water Willow Trees do not require fertilizer if it is planted in rich soil, yet you can provide some fertilizer to create lush growth.


Water Willow Trees tend to reach 50 feet in height and width, so they require a wide patch of lawn or yard to stretch their roots into. This tree works well in naturally moist areas, yet Water Willow Trees tend to shed their twigs and leaves, so avoid planting them where falling branches might cause problems. Their root systems are aggressive and will stretch wider than the tree is tall as it seeks out the nearest abundant water source. Do not plant near a septic system since the nutrients and oxygen in the soil attract the Water Willow Tree's roots. 

A fantastic ornamental addition to your water garden landscape, the Water Willow Tree will give you years of viewing pleasure.

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  • 5
    Water willow

    Posted by Phillip Taylor on Oct 04, 2022

    Excellent tree selection, and equally impressive customer service!


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We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

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