Salix Sepulcralis Chrysocoma Hedging
Weeping Willow, Salix sepulcralis Chrysocoma, is a famous, large waterside tree with a beautiful canopy of hanging golden-yellow stems and leaves in spring. This is the only golden leaved weeping willow variety. The rich yellow colour of the young stems is really visible in late spring when they are covered in catkins and the leaves are still small. The catkins appear just as the foliage begins to break in spring, providing a good early food source for bees. The leaves mature into a deep green in summer and then the yellow colour returns in autumn. It will grow on any fertile soil, but it is not suitable for dry, shady or coastal sites. It is a good windbreak tree.
The plants on this page are young saplings. You can also buy larger Weeping Willow trees here.
Weeping Willow plants are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March).
Choosing a size:
When you are ordering a large quantity of Weeping Willow for a big planting project, we suggest that you buy smaller plants. They are cheaper than large plants, easier to handle and more likely to cope well with poor conditions.
Buy the larger, 120-150 cms tall saplings if you want a tall tree quickly.
All of our young trees and shrubs are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).
General description of Salix sepulcralis Chrysocoma plants:
This graceful tree
The tiny seeds that are released in autumn have a fluffy white beard to help them travel in the wind. They only grow well on wet mud, so unwanted seedlings won't be an issue for most gardens.
Bear in mind that large old willows are prone to falling apart a bit, dropping branches in a high wind, so don't put a shed underneath an established tree!
Weeping willow trees don't live very long in tree terms: after about 60 years or so, they inevitably begin to sicken and slowly lose the strength to go on. This slow decay usually adds character to the tree, making it gnarled and scarred. There is no point trying to save them, it's just how they are. The bright side is that these are one of the easiest trees to propagate ever. Just take a twig from the previous season's growth and poke it in some moist ground, anytime from late spring to autumn. That's it: it doesn't even really matter which way up you put it in!
History & uses of Salix sepulcralis Chrysocoma
This willow is a hybrid between Salix alba 'Vitellana', a white willow cultivar, and the chinese willow, Salix babylonica / matsudana. It was known as Salix alba Tristis in the past; Tristis is Latin for sad and hence weeping. It was bred in 1888 and brought to Britain from Germany about 20 years later. It won the RHS award of garden merit in 1984. This tree is very popular and can be found in parks and gardens all over the world.