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Salix babylonica

  • Botanical name: Salix babylonica
  • Plant Type: Tree, Deciduous
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Salix babylonica (weeping willow or Babylon willow) is a large tree with a graceful, arching habit. As it ages, its branches ‘weep’, eventually reaching the ground. The delicate, narrow, light green leaves turn a beautiful shade of yellow in autumn. In spring, catkins appear on the bare branches.


Salix babylonica does best in moist soil so is perfect for growing near a large pond or stream, or in a damp part of the garden. It can also be grown as a focal point in a lawn, where it will provide welcome shade under its canopy on a sunny day. It’s fast growing and can reach a height and spread of 15m, so is suitable for large gardens only. Ensure your soil is moist enough to provide the optimum conditions – it will lack vigour in dry soils. Weeping willows can be short-lived trees, living for between 40 and 70 years.

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How to grow Salix babylonica

  • Plant size

    15m height

    15m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, east facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / boggy / clay / heavy / moist

Salix babylonica and wildlife

Salix babylonica is known for attracting bees, birds and butterflies​/​moths. It is a caterpillar food plant, has nectar/pollen rich flowers and provides shelter and habitat.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Attractive to Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Salix babylonica poisonous?

Salix babylonica has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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