Weeping Willow Tree Planting And Growing Guide

Last Updated on June 13, 2022 by Real Men Sow

The graceful, large, and elegant weeping willow trees can be found near rivers or streams. The arching habit of weeping willows is a result of their elegant, slender and arching appearance. However, some believe that the name ‘weeping” refers to how raindrops fall from their branches. Many species have small, delicate, and light-colored leaves that turn beautiful shades of yellow in the autumn. On bare branches, fluffy catkins emerge in spring.

Grow Weeping Willow

Weeping willows thrive in moist environments that are ideal for growing near water. They are fast-growing and can grow to a height of more than 15m in 50 years. Therefore, they are best suited for large gardens. You can plant weeping willow in the vicinity of a stream or large pond, or as a focal point on a large lawn.

Soil Condition For Willows

It is important that your soil is sufficiently moist to give the best conditions. This is because dry soils will cause it to lose its vitality. You can grow them in moist soil, in full sun or partial shade. It will grow if it is watered well.

How To Plant Weeping Willow

Plant the Weeping willow as you would any other tree.

  1. Make a square hole in the ground and smoothen the edges using a garden fork
  2. Before planting, check the depth of your hole. Bare-root trees will have a soil “tide mark” on their soil. For pot-grown trees, ensure that the root ball is at the same level as the soil.
  3. Once you are satisfied with the depth, fill in the hole with soil. Firmly compact the soil.
  4. To prevent root rock from forming, add a stake to the ground. Keep the stake in place for at least two years

How To Care For A Weeping Willow

The care required for weeping willow trees is minimal. Pruning willow trees is not necessary, but you might consider trimming damaged or crossing branches during the first few years.

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Hello, I’m Pete and I’m currently based in the west of Scotland, in a small place called Rosneath, where I’m exploring my garden adventures. I personally started gardening around 6 years ago and initially, I started out by growing my favorite fruits and berries, such as strawberries, Raspberries & Gooseberries. Since then I’ve added a lot of vegetables and working closely with my neighbor, it’s been a lot of fun.