A White Willow
Leaves of a White Willow
Bark of a White Willow
Scientific Name: Salix alba
Hardiness Zones: 2 to 8
Height: 50 ft
Spread: 50 ft
Type: deciduous tree
Annual Growth Rate: more than 18 inches
White Willow is often in landscapes in the form of its weeping cultivars. Like most willows, it tolerates very moist soil but also creates litter problems in the form of twigs. These fast-growing trees are usually injured in ice and wind storms.
'Britzensis' - A large shrub growing to 12 feet. The stems of new growth are red.
'Niobe' - A weeping cultivar with golden bark. It may be used in wet soils and reaches a height and spread of about 50 feet.
var. sericea - A silvery-leaved cultivar that forms a rounded tree 35 feet tall and wide. Tolerates droughty soils.
'Tristis' - Niobe Weeping Willow - A weeping form that will send branch tips to ground level. Can be used in wet sites. Not suitable for use near buildings or other property where storm damage could be a problem.
'Vitellina' - A fast-growing tree with bright yellow stems. Reaches a height and spread of about 50 feet.
Text provided by Michigan State University Extension