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Care of the plant Salix babylonica or Weeping willow.

Care of the tree Salix babylonica or Weeping willow

The genus Salix, family Salicaceae, comprises 300 species native to the Northern Hemisphere. Some species are: Salix babylonica, Salix fragilis, Salix cinerea, Salix alba, Salix purpurea, Salix arbuscula, Salix viminales, Salix caprea, Salix atrocinerea, Salix vitellina.

Common names: Babylon willow, Weeping willow. This species is native to northern China.

They are evergreen trees with elegant bearing and hanging branches that reach 25 meters (82 feet) in height. They have simple, alternate, linear-ovate leaves. The tiny dioecious flowers without petals appear in long cylindrical catkins. They bloom in spring. The seeds are covered with long hairs that allow them to be dispersed by the wind.

They are used to fix riverbanks and slopes and as isolated specimens.

Salix baylonica needs full sun exposure but also grows in semi-shade. They resist frost down to -7 ºC (19.4 ºF).

These trees prefer clay soils. Transplanting and planting are done in the fall or spring.

They do not resist drought; water frequently throughout the year.

Fertilize with compost or manure in the fall.

Prune intensively in early winter.

They can be attacked by the fungus Fusicladium, by caterpillars and by mealybugs.

They are propagated by woody cuttings in the fall. The seeds do not usually germinate.

Images of the tree Salix babylonica or Weeping willow

Salix babylonica
Salix babylonica
Salix babylonica
Salix babylonica