Origin: Hybrid from Europe (cultivated variety)
Golden weeping willow is a medium-sized tree with long pendulous branches.Read more about Tree, Bark, Twigs
Leaves are lance-shaped.Read more about Leaves
Flowers are tiny, clustered in catkins that emerge with the leaves.Read more about Flowers
Fruits are green capsules, clustered in catkins.Read more about Fruit
Fruits are green capsules, clustered in catkins, that open to release the seeds, each of which is equipped with a tuft of hair for dispersal on the wind.
Golden weeping willow is a hybrid between white willow (Salix alba), which is native to Europe and Asia, and Babylon weeping willow (Salix babylonica), which is native to China, both of which have been cultivated for centuries. The first golden weeping willow hybrid dates to 1888.
Derivation of names
The genus name Salix is the classical Latin name for the willows. The hybrid name sepulcralis means of sepulchres, or tombs, and, like the common name, refers to the trees' weeping habit. The letter x in the Latin name indicates that golden weeping willow is a hybrid species.
Golden weeping willow's place in Toronto's urban forest
Golden weeping willow is a distinctive tree because of its graceful form. It is frequently planted in parks along shorelines.
Landscape value and potential for home planting
Because of its size, golden weeping willow requires diligent pruning if grown in a small site. The brittle branches break easily in high winds. It grows best in moist or wet soils.
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