Common Name: Golden weeping willow
Origin/Ecology: Artificial hybrid between Salix alba ‘Vitellana’ (yellow stems) and Salix babylonica ‘Babylon’ (weeping habit).
Habit: Large, wide-spreading tree, weeping habit.
Leaves: Lance-shaped, bright green leaves, tapered tip, golden-yellow in autumn.
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate.
Flowers and Fruit: Catkins of male and/or female flowers up to 5 cm long in spring.
Bark: You branches are yellow, becoming brighter in the winter, gradually maturing to greyish-yellow then to grey.
Water Use, Soil: Tolerant of relatively dry conditions, but best when supplied with adequate moisture.
Exposure: Full sun.
Landscape Uses: Best planted in parks and gardens where it cannot spread and choke natural waterways.
Limitations: Roots are invasive; the tree should not be planted near old type terracotta drainage systems.