WEEPING WILLOW - SALIX ALBA

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Common Name: weeping willow, white willow

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Family: Salicaceae 
Genus: Salix
Species: alba

Hardiness Zone: 2 to 8
Height: 50 to 80 ft
Width: 40 to 70 ft

Description: While not native to North America, this tree has been on the continent since the 1700's and has become a recognizable species for it's beautiful broad, loose crown. It was originally native to Europe, northern Africa, and central Asia until it was moved across seas by colonizers. It quickly spread and naturalized in much of North America. 

Salix alba grows to about 80 feet tall at a fast rate. It has yellowish-brown bark and loose, drooping branches holding narrow, finely-toothed leaves. Both males and females have catkins, with the male catkins being more showy. Fall color is generally a pale yellow, but this species is most well-known for it's "weeping" form and bright red winter twigs. 
 

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Citations:
"Salix alba". Missouri Botanical Gardens. http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.as.... Accessed 19 May 2018.