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Weeping Willow Salix x sepulcralis (Salix babylonica x Salix alba)


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Weeping Willow, leaves
credit: John Tann/CCSA

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Family: Salicaceae, Willow view all from this family

Description The Salix Sepulcralis Group is a cultivar Group containing all cultivars of hybrids between Salix alba and Salix babylonica. It was first described by L. Simonkai in 1890 from trees growing in Hungary. The Group contains both weeping and non-weeping cultivars though the best known of its cultivars is 'Chrysocoma', the most widely grown Weeping tree.

Some of the cultivars are hybrids of S. babylonica var. matsudana 'Tortuosa' and have inherited from its parent the twisted and contorted branches as well as being more cold-tolerant as S. babylonica var. matsudana is native to Northern China and Korea.

Trees, usually nor more than 12m. Leaves finely serrulate, pubescent or silky when young. Ovaries shortly flask-shaped, not much longer than the subtending catkin scale.

Habitat Cities, suburbs & towns, Watersides (fresh).

Range Southwest, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Eastern Canada, Northwest, Western Canada, Plains, New England, California, Rocky Mountains.