Cutting From a Weeping Willow


If you have a big yard, then the weeping willow tree might be just what you are looking for. With its graceful lines and large size, it makes a striking accent on spacious residential lots. The weeping willow can reach 30 to 50 feet in height and width, so take this into consideration when determining a permanent placement for your new willow. Give it lots of sun and keep it moist and it will thrive in USDA Zones 5 to 9. Take your weeping willow cutting in the spring just prior to the new growing season.

Step 1

Take a weeping willow tree cutting that is 12 to 16 inches long, from a piece of last season's growth. The branch should be the thickness of a pencil and cut at a 45 degree angle.

Step 2

Mix together equal parts of potting soil and coarse sand and pour it into a pot that has bottom holes for drainage. Water the soil until the water drains from the bottom of the pot and allow it to drain completely.

Step 3

Stick the weeping willow cutting into the planting medium until half of it is buried. Pack the soil around the cutting with your hands.

Step 4

Place the potted cutting in a shady area, free from drafts and keep the soil moist. Mist the cutting daily. You will know that the weeping willow cutting has rooted when it begins new growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp pruning shears
  • Coarse sand, also called builder's sand
  • Potting mix
  • 1 gallon planting pot with holes in the bottom for drainage
  • Plant-misting bottle


  • North Dakota State University: Home Propagation Techniques
  • Kansas State University: Pruning Weeping Trees and Shrubs
  • ‭"‬Landscape Management:‭ ‬Planting and Maintenance of Trees,‭ ‬Shrubs and Turfgrass‭;" ‬James R.‭ ‬Feucht and Jack D.‭ ‬Butler‭; ‬1988
  • Kansas State University: Willow Cuttings
Keywords: take willow cutting, weeping willow cutting, weeping willow propagation

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Victoria Hunter, a former broadcaster and real estate agent, has provided audio and written services to both small businesses and large corporations, worldwide. Hunter is a freelance writer specializing in the real estate industry. She devotes her spare time to her other passions: gardening and cooking. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing.