How to Root Willow Trees


A weeping willow tree is both decorative and functional, dressing up a spot in the landscape with its cascading foliage while acting as a windbreaker and providing shade. This prolific grower grows very quickly as compared to other trees, reaching a height of over 40 feet, which is why gardeners plant it strategically to create privacy. You can add a weeping willow tree in your backyard or garden with a cutting taken from a mature tree in February or March, when it is dormant.

Step 1

Cut a 12- to 15-inch disease-free stem from a weeping willow tree with a sharp pair of scissors. Make sure it is at least 1/4 inch in diameter and has three nodes.

Step 2

Fill a 5-inch wide pot with sand, potting soil or seed-starter mix. Place the cutting into the medium vertically, ensuring at least 3 inches are covered.

Step 3

Place the pot in a spot indoors that gets indirect sunlight, such as a curtained windowsill.

Step 4

Water the soil frequently to ensure it is evenly moist. Make sure the soil is never dry between watering. Roots will grow within three weeks to a month, while shoots grow in 2 months.

Step 5

Transplant the sapling to its final location outside once it is a foot tall. Dig a hole in the soil with a shovel twice the width of the root ball, but equally deep. Add a layer of compost to the hole; plant the sapling into it and back fill with soil. Tamp the soil down to remove air bubbles.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Weeping willow tree
  • 5-inch wide pot
  • Potting soil
  • Watering can
  • Water
  • Shovel
  • Compost


  • Hort.ifas.ufl: Weeping Willow
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  • New Mexico State University: Starting Willow Trees From Stem Cuttings
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