How to Grow New Weeping Willow Trees


When the defeated French leader Napoleon was exiled to the island of St. Helena, he took refuge under the draping limbs of a weeping willow tree, and upon his death was buried beneath it until his body was later moved. The Arbor Day Foundation reports that visitors to that weeping willow tree would take cuttings from it, and they soon became sought after. Growing a new weeping willow tree from a cutting is a process that can be done anywhere in the world, even your own backyard. Weeping willows are a good landscaping choice if you want a tree that grows tall, to a height of 50 feet, and fast, at a rate of at least 2 feet per year.

Step 1

Select a healthy weeping willow tree to make your cutting from. The spot on the branch where you make the cutting should be 2 inches in diameter and up to 6 feet in length. For a cutting of this size you will need to use a small hand saw.

Step 2

Place the cutting, bottom end down, in a bucket of plain water. Leave it in the water until you are ready to put it in the ground.

Step 3

Select a site for your weeping willow tree. This should be an area that has moist soil but adequate drainage. You also do not want it to be too close to buried pipes or sidewalks, as weeping willow roots grow quickly and push up against them.

Step 4

Prepare your planting site by digging a square hole that is 18 inches deep by 18 inches wide on all four sides.

Step 5

Fill the hole with 2 inches of water and allow it to drain into the ground.

Step 6

Place the willow branch cutting into the center of the hole, with the bottom touching the bottom soil. Fill the soil back into the hole and tap it down so that the soil is securely against the cutting. Continue filling the hole until the top of it is level with the ground.

Step 7

Water your weeping willow every two days until it shows signs of growth. If your area is having a particularly dry spell, water it daily. When you see new growth appear on the cutting, it is a sign that the weeping willow is developing a healthy root system.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand saw
  • Weeping willow cutting
  • Bucket of water
  • Shovel


  • Arbor Day Foundation: Tree Guide: Weeping Willow
  • University of Florida Department of Horticulture: Weeping Willow
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About this Author

A freelance writer for over 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.