Lace Weeping Willow
(Salix babylonica 'Lace')
Height: 12M (40F)
Spread: 9M (30ft)
Habit: Upright and Weeping
Exposure: Full Sun
Moisture: Keep Moist
Our North American woody plant expert, Dr. Michael Dirr, states that the Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica) is "one of the best-loved and most hated trees in landscape history."
It's beautiful form, with weeping curtain like branches that are magnificent along a lake or pond's shores, which makes this deciduous tree loved. But it drops lots of leaf and twig litter, and it is short-lived and is known for extending its roots anywhere water is available--including pipes, wells and drains.
This tree species needs a moist to wet soil to look its best. A fertile soil will sustain the most robust growth as long as it is never too dry; even sandy soils work well (if water is abundant).
Mulch on the soil surface improves the fertility of the soil as well as retaining soil moisture,
Always situate a weeping willow where it will receive abundant sunshine--no less than 8 hours of direct sun rays daily. It grows alright in partially shaded spots, but too little sunlight causes irregularly shaped trees, scrawny limbs, potential infestations from aphids and/or mildew problems.
---- in the 'normal' heat of our summers!