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Stark® Hybrid Willow

Item #0646. Ships 3 - 4' tall with a 3/8" trunk, bare-root.


A unique cross that grows quickly, yet maintains structural integrity. This upright willow grows up to 12' per year until it reaches its mature height of 30-40'. Dense foliage provides shade in summer and multiple branches provide a windbreak in winter. The low-maintenance tree also helps prevent soil erosion. Cold-hardy. Shipped 3 feet and up. (Salix matsudana x Salix alba)


Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Average Moistness - Moist
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Zone Range 3 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 30 - 40' tall x 30 - 40' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 30 - 40' apart to ensure room for growth.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow shade trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

Estimated Delivery Date

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Shipping Restrictions

Agricultural regulations prohibit shipment of certain types of trees and plants. We do our best to provide a selection that gives everyone a chance to grow their own. This item cannot be shipped to all of CT.

Our Promise of Satisfaction

1 Year Warranty

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Love willows and needed a wind break
Junia G on May 17, 2016
Loves water and and helps with privacy and it grows fast!
Christina N on Apr 15, 2016
Love willows and needed a wind break
Junia G on May 17, 2016
I chose this for border.
Toni R on Apr 20, 2016
Loves water and and helps with privacy and it grows fast!
Christina N on Apr 15, 2016
We were in great need of a windbreak, these trees sound like they will be just the ticket
Crystal D on Mar 30, 2016
I had planted them 15 years ago in Salida Co elevation approximately 7500 and they did great!! I want a fast growing tree in my treeless yard now!
Mary K on Mar 24, 2016
the growth per year of 12 feet
Glenna A on Mar 15, 2016
Needed a fast growing barrier planting.
James R on Mar 9, 2016
I am looking for a fast way to create a privacy fence in my new home. I also planted Leyland Cypress and green giants.
nadia b on Feb 26, 2016
I chose this for border.
Toni R on Apr 20, 2016
We were in great need of a windbreak, these trees sound like they will be just the ticket
Crystal D on Mar 30, 2016
I'm confused on the spacing. It says 30-40' but in the picture they look no more than 8' apart?
Brad D on Apr 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The spacing is based on the mature spread of the tree. If allowed, the tree will grow tall and wide as stated. When planting in rows for a windbreak, trees can be planted much closer together, which will restrict the natural spread of those trees.
WE have a swampy area in the field here in NH. We are on a hill though and it gets quite windy. Would the tree hold up to this wind?
Janet Q on May 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We have a 60 mph storm come through and the trees held up only losing a few leaves, very impressive. We have some that are 6 to 8 ft tall, that were planted in Jan 2015. We love these trees. We think they should be good in swampy ground as weLloyd. Hope this helps.
Would this be okay to plant near an underground propane tank?
Crystal on May 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would hesitate because if the tree was to blow over it might rip out the buried propane line causing an explosive hazard
can I plant Willow Hybrid along a fence line?
John S on Feb 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Sure you can! However your neighbors will probably not appreciate it.
Is this suitable for a small city lot?
alysia k on Apr 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Willow trees love water and their roots will seek water out. It's best to plant away from any potential plumbing, septic tanks, or other water facilities – so a city lot may not be the best place if water pipes exist nearby. Best to check locally to see if there are any potential underground (or overhead) issues in the area.
I'm looking for a tree that will fight soil erosion & provide a break between our home & the gravel road in front of our home. Is this the best choice? We live in Troy, MO.
Cindy B on Apr 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This certainly fits your needs
Hello, I was wondering how difficult it is to keep these trees trimmed to about 9/10 feet. Are they soft (in other words can a girl trim them?) I am looking to create an allee' in a Parterre Garden. Thank you!
PorshesPlace on Apr 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm afraid it would be a lot of work to try to keep this fast-growing tree essentially a third of its natural height, plus I'm not sure the structure of the hybrid willow would make an ideal allée. I'd suggest searching for trees that are ideal for allées, like hornbeam or linden, or contacting your local experts (landscape professionals) to see what works well in your area.
does the hybrid willow drink as much water as a weeping willow? i want to help dry up an area of pastures.
heidi on Mar 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they are water-loving willow trees like their weeping willow relatives.
What species of willow have been blended to create this hybrid willow tree?
Jillian J on Mar 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are numerous hybrid willow crosses in existence. This one happens to be Salix matsudana x Salix alba.
Is this an evergreen tree?
Annie H on Feb 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Willow trees, like the Stark® Hybrid Willow, are deciduous – meaning they will lose their leaves when they are dormant. Fortunately, these trees do not rely on a leafy canopy to work as living windbreaks in the landscape. Read more about the benefits of shade trees in your landscape in our article about the Hybrid Willow:

Customer Reviews

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Fastest growing tree...ever!
I've been buying Hybrid Willows from Miller's for several years. These trees grow in any soil and if you need shade - this is the tree of choice. Tropical looking leaves with a shiny finish. These trees are bullet proof and like I said, any moron can grow a Hybrid Willow. Order and plant early as possible.
February 17, 2016
A great investment for our property
We so glad we were introduced to this tree! We have 15 and are buying 4 more. We have a lot of water in our back yard along the fence line and needed to find something that not only loved water but could give us some privacy as well. They are beautiful! They grow so fast! We are so pleased!
April 15, 2016
Need lots of water
Planted three in a marshy area last year and two toward the fringes of the marsh died, while the one that practically stands in water is doing great. That one must've grown two feet this year alone. The deer are chewing on its lower branches, but now they can't reach the top, so I have hope. Have planted more in the wetter parts of the marshy area. Fingers crossed....
May 18, 2016
1 year ago
Doing extremely well in a very damp spot on the property.Im loving it.
May 20, 2016
1 year ago
My wife and I love our Stark Hybrid Willows!
We ordered the Stark Hybrid Willows to provide shade in our backyard and around our deck area. The trees arrived healthy and ready for planting. The promise of fast growth did not disappoint! We definitely would recommend these trees and plan on purchasing additional ones for the front yard!
May 8, 2016
over 2 years ago
Grows fast
This tree grows fast as they say, from a 4 foot stick to a 15 foot tree in a year
May 23, 2016
1 year ago
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