- USDA hardiness zones:
- Full sun to part shade
- Medium to wet
Grow in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Thrives in moist soils. Prefers full sun. Prune as needed in late winter to early spring.
Size and growth:
- 50.0 to 80.0 feet
- 40.0 to 70.0 feet
Bloom / flowers:
- April - May
- Yellow anthers (male); Green (female)
Showy flowers and Yellow
Europe, northern Africa to central Asia
White willow is generally not recommended as a residential landscape tree. Regardless of availability, white willow may be an acceptable selection for areas with moist soils along streams, ponds or in low spots in the landscape where other shrubs or small trees may falter. Not recommended as a shade tree or street tree because of weak wood, insect/disease susceptibility, moisture-seeking roots and litter potential.
Susceptible to numerous disease problems including blights, powdery mildew, leaf spots and cankers. It also is visited by many insect pests including aphids, scale, borers, lacebugs and caterpillars. Wood is weak and tends to crack. Branches may be damaged by ice and snow. Litter from leaves, twigs and branches may be a problem. Shallow roots may clog sewers or drains and make gardening underneath trees difficult.