Trees and shrubs

Weeping willow: a majestic tree


The weeping willow is an absolutely stunning ornamental tree.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Salix babylonica
Family : Salicaceae
Type : Tree

Height : 5 to 25 m
Weather : Temperate
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Wet

Foliage
: Expired -Flowering : May June

  • Read also : Willows for small and large gardens

Growing and caring for the weeping willow, from planting to pruning, will help the tree grow well.

Planting weeping willow

We will preferably plant the weeping willow in the fall to facilitate rooting before the first frosts and recovery the following spring.

  • The willow tree needs water and will therefore adapt perfectly to the edge of a river, pond or pond.
  • It loves the sun but tolerates partial shade.
  • Follow our advice for plant a tree well .

Feel free to mulch the ground after planting to keep as much moisture as possible in the soil because the weeping willow likes it.

Multiplication of weeping willow:

The best technique for propagating weeping willow is by cuttings.

Weeping willow pruning

It is recommended to prune the weeping willow in February / March on all its branches.

This will further promote the emergence of new twigs and give it vigor.

No need to prune too severely, prefer a gentle but almost annual pruning.

Diseases will also be rarer as your weeping willow will grow dense and vigorous.

Weeping willow disease

The leaves of the weeping willow turn yellow and brown, are spotted and eventually fall off. The twigs also take on a brownish-brown hue and then dry out.

This is scab which is a disease caused by a fungus called marssonina.

This disease is often caused by a wet spring, like most fungal diseases elsewhere.

Solution:

  • Pick up leaves and twigs that fall to the ground to limit spread
  • Spray with Bordeaux mixture

Other diseases and parasites present in willow:

  • Anthracnose : Black spots on the veins on the branches
  • Rust : Yellow spots on the front of the leaves and brown pustule on the back.
  • Chancre : The branches and possibly the trunk dry out and then die

Good to know about the weeping willow

Of Asian origin, the weeping willow is majestic by its size, but also by its branches that fall to the ground when it is weeping and the wind whips it.

It is recognized by its drooping port and its long branches in the shape of lianas. This is where the name weeping willow comes from. But another explanation is sometimes given to explain the adjective weeper, this time related to the fact that dew water or condensation when it is hotter regularly flows from the leaves and falls to the ground like tears.

In summer, it will bring you shade and freshness.

A friend of wetlands, it grows perfectly at the water's edge as well as in marshy areas.

Today the weeping willow can be found on every continent of the globe.

If you like willows but the size of your garden does not lend itself to it, opt for a pretty willow shrimp, a very decorative shrub with its variegated foliage of white and pink.

Smart tip

Don't plant willow too close to a house as it takes up a lot of space and provides plenty of shade!


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