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Weeping Willow Salix sepulcralis Chrysocoma

Description & features

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Step 1 - Select plant type

Bare root guide

Step 2 - Size and quantity

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Size / Height
Price
Quantity
 
15L pot size / 1.75-2.75m
£54.00
30L pot size / 2.4-3.5m
£168.00
70L pot size / 3.0-4.5m
£288.00

All prices include VAT

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Size / Height
Price
Quantity
 
08-10cm girth / 2.75-3.0m
£54.00
Volume discount 1-2 3-9 10+
08-10cm girth / 2.75-3.0m £54.00 £45.00 £40.50

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

British Grown - The British Grown logo denotes plants and trees that have been both propagated and grown in the UK. Read more

Product description

SALIX SEPULCRALIS CHRYSOCOMA –  Golden Weeping Willow

Characteristics

A large much planted tree often seen by water, but equally as happy on dry soils.  It has long pendulous golden branches with bright green leaves unfolding early in spring

A large tree it can easily reach 25m (80ft) tall and 20m (60ft) wide in a solid mass of branches tumbling to touch the ground, hence when planted in a small garden it is rather a cuckoo in the nest.

Where to grow

All willows are extremely adaptable trees they will grow in most conditions including very poor permanently waterlogged soils.  They will also do very well in good conditions and will tolerate a certain amount of maritime exposure.  They do however require a sunny spot.

Did you know?

This fine weeping willow is of unrecorded origin and uncertain botanical status, it is one of the instances where so many latinised possible botanical names have been proposed its common name of Golden Weeping Willow probably is best used to avoid confusion.  Most likely it is weeping clone of Golden White willow (hence Salix alba vitellina pendula) with a dash of Salix babylonica thrown in add an exotica flavour.

Features

Mature height
Very Large - 20 metres+
Spread
20+ metres
Shape / habit
Weeping
Growth rate
Very Fast
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Winter
Spring
Autumn colour
Yellow
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Dense
Fine/Light leaf
Early to Leaf
Stem/bark
Yellow
Moisture levels
Wet/Water logged sites
Other
Good for Windy sites
Uses
Screening
Parkland Tree
Country/Farmland
Pollarding/Coppice

Features

Mature height
Very Large - 20 metres+
Spread
20+ metres
Shape / habit
Weeping
Growth rate
Very Fast
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Winter
Spring
Autumn colour
Yellow
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Dense
Fine/Light leaf
Early to Leaf
Stem/bark
Yellow
Moisture levels
Wet/Water logged sites
Other
Good for Windy sites
Uses
Screening
Parkland Tree
Country/Farmland
Pollarding/Coppice

Aftercare

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


Comments

By Neil Jennings on 25/10/2013

great!!

By Margaret Wilson on 07/04/2014

I am interested in the larger pot-grown weeping willow.  Can you advise on planting out?

By Simon on 16/04/2014

Yes I can help you with planting out, how big is the tree you are thinking of?

Here is a link to our large tree planting guide that you may find useful http://www.chewvalleytrees.co.uk/index.php/guides/article/large-tree-planting-guide

By K Judge on 23/03/2015

I understand that willow is not poisonous to horses , is this the case with this variety?

By Simon on 23/03/2015

I am afraid we are not best placed to know what is or isn’t poisonous to horses. It would be best to double check with vet before planting anything in a field with horses. Sorry we can’t be of more help.

By Jane Milligan on 11/01/2016

I would like to buy 2 weeping willow trees from you but slightly confused with the options.  Please can you tell me what 1-2, 3-9. 10+ signify on the buying options chart?  I’m interested in buying the largest option you sell as they’re to be planted in fields asap.  Many thanks.

By Simon on 13/01/2016

Dear Jane,

The 1-2, 3-9 and 10+ refer to the number of trees you order and the respective price per tree. Bulk orders (more than 3 of the same tree) attract a discounted rate. If you put the number you want to order into the quantity field, a total will be automatically calculated for you.

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