How to Grow Weeping Willows


Weeping willows add a graceful and romantic touch to any yard or garden. They grow quite quickly, eventually reaching heights of up to 50 feet. When the leaves fall off in winter the weeping willow continues to add charm with its silhouette of drooping branches. This tree is hardy in USDA zones 2 through 9, depending upon the type planted. Weeping willows do best when grown in full sun and soil that is well-drained, but not overly dry.

Step 1

Prepare the planting location by removing all rocks and weeds. Dig a hole that is double the width and depth of the tree's root ball. Replace the loosened soil carefully around the roots, making sure that they are all covered well.

Step 2

Water until the soil is moist to a depth of several inches. Continue to water the tree anytime that your area receives less than 1 inch of rain in a week during the first growing season.

Step 3

Feed the tree sparingly with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Pour the fertilizer onto the soil around the tree instead of directly onto the foliage.

Step 4

Pull all weeds within 3 feet of the base of the weeping willow. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch around the tree.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not plant near sewer or water lines because the roots of this tree can become very large and cause damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • 10-10-10 fertilizer
  • Mulch


  • University of Florida: Weeping Willow
  • Floridata: Salix Babylonica
  • Fast Growing Trees Nursery: Weeping Willow Tree Instructions
  • North Carolina State University: Salix Babylonica
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