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Characteristics of the tree

Height at maturity
20 meters (65 feet)
Spacing
10 meters (32 feet)
Soil
Moist
Sun / shade
Full sun
Flowering
April
Harvest
n/a
n/a (Dioecious)
Latin name
Salix x sepulcralis
The golden weeping willow is a medium-sized deciduous tree with an exceptionally fast growth rate. Its weeping habit is very attractive and makes it a great landscaping feature.
Height
Availability
Price
1-3 feet
TBA
$ 15.00
3-5 foot
TBA
$ 20.00

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Height at maturity
20 meters (65 feet)
Spacing
10 meters (32 feet)
Soil
Moist
Sun / shade
Full sun
Flowering
April
Harvest
n/a
n/a (Dioecious)
Latin name
Salix x sepulcralis

Golden weeping willows are a cross between the white willow (Salix alba) and the Babylon weeping willow (Salix babylonica). The creation of the hybrid dates back to 1888, and they have since spread all around the world as a popular ornamental tree. They are medium sized trees, capable of reaching 20 metres in height. Their broad canopies droop with long pendulous branches that give them their name. These trees have relatively short lifespans, rarely exceeding 60 years. They will grow best with plenty of sun in moist to wet locations such as lowland areas and riverbanks. The leaves are lanceolate, bright green on top and pale underneath. The bark has a golden colour on young shoots that deepens to brown with age, and the trunk develops significant ridges.

Golden weeping willows make great ornamental specimens. They are a striking addition to a landscape, although their tendency to drop a lot of twigs makes for a bit of a mess. Their very extensive root system can be a problem if they are planted too close to pipes and drainage.  On the other hand, these extensive roots make them a great choice for erosion control along the edges of waterways. As with other fast-growing willows, there is a great deal of research in recent years looking into the potential of these trees in the creation of biofuel. The bark contains salicin, which is the precursor of salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin. It has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.