Leaf: Alternate, simple, very narrowly lance-shaped, finely serrated margin, yellow-green above, milky green below, 3 to 6 inches in length, 3/8 to 1/2 inch in width.
Flower: Species is dioecious; males and females appear as upright catkins and are quite fuzzy, 1 inch long, appearing before or with the leaves.
Fruit: A one inch long cluster of valve-like capsules, light brown in color containing many fine, cottony seeds, ripen in late May to early June.
Twig: Very slender, smooth, olive-green to pale yellowish brown, hanging or drooping for long distances, almost rope-like; buds are small, appressed and covered by a single, cap-like scale. Terminal buds lacking.
Bark: Grayish brown and irregularly furrowed.
Form: Easily identified due to their long, graceful branches that sweep towards the ground. Crown is usually round, attaining a height of 40 to 50 feet.
Looks like: white willow - black willow - corkscrew willow - shining willow
Additional Range Information: Salix babylonica is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and may seed into the landscape. Download the full-size PDF map.
More Information: Fall Color
External Links: USDA Plants Database - Horticulture Information
All material © 2019 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range map source information