Weeping Willow agg. - Salix alba x babylonica = S. x sepulcralis agg.


    Weeping Willow is a medium to large deciduous tree with a stout trunk topped by a graceful broad-rounded crown of branches that sweep downward to the ground. It grows 30 to 50 feet tall and may be equally wide. Salix babylonica is also known as Weeping Willow and we have decided to treat Weeping Willow as an aggregate.

    Identification difficulty

    Often planted, quite frequently near to lakes and other water bodies.

    When to see it

    Flowers April to May.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly widespread as a planted tree in England as far north as Yorkshire, less records from Scotland and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland almost always as a planted tree. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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