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Golden Weeping Willow Trees

Salix x sepulcralis Chrysocoma


The Golden Weeping Willow Tree is a lovely tree with gracefully sweeping branches trailing leaves of glorious gold. Slender fronds of delicate green-gold appear early in spring and remain on the tree until late in the year. Often planted next to water, its cascades of leaves gives a beautiful reflection.


Botanical name

Salix x sepulcralis Chrysocoma

Ultimate height and spread

15 metres x 10 metres

When to plant



Full Sun, Semi-shade

Soil Type



Possibly the most beautiful hardy weeping tree in the British Isles. The golden weeping willow is a hybrid with the white willow, introduced around 1800 as a hardier species more suitable to Britain than the Salix babylonica. A medium-sized fast growing wide spreading tree with arching branches terminating in slender golden-yellow branchlets of lanceolate leaves appear in spring and remain on the tree until late in the year Catkins appear in April, usually both male and female flower in the same catkin. They prefer sun and will grow well in all but dry soil. The shoots can be cut back fairly hard in early spring once every two or three years. Height in maturity. 15m x 10m / 50ft x 30ft
Planted next to water, the weeping willow posess wondrous beauty with its waving cascades of leaves and reflections.

Common Name: Golden Weeping Willow
Latin Name: Salix x sepulcralis Chrysocoma
Soil: Fertile soil
Habit: Weeping
Position: Sunny or partial shade
Flowering period: Late spring
Colour: Yellow
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Eventual Height/Spread: 15m x 10m / 50ft x 30ft
Special features: Silvery leaves and weeping branches

Symbolism, Folklore & Old Wives Tales A Tree of Enchantment,
Gender – Feminine, Planet the Moon, Element is Water.
Goddess Artemis with power of Love, Divination, Protection and Healing.


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