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Stark® Hybrid Willow

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Description

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)

Characteristics

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
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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
want shade soon
charles m on Jun 20, 2016
friend recommendation
Adam L on Jun 13, 2016
want shade soon
charles m on Jun 20, 2016
Privacy
Jeremiah W on Jun 16, 2016
friend recommendation
Adam L on Jun 13, 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
Privacy
Jeremiah W on Jun 16, 2016
Love willows and needed a wind break
Junia G on May 17, 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.
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.
deer resistant?
Paul h on Jun 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I haven't had any trouble with deer munching on them, but did have several
get rubbed on in the fall. The trees all leaves out this spring but I did put a
basic wire fence around my line of 12 trees for the rest of the fall and winter. Pretty much any young tree is susceptible during rut and these bounced back better than most.
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
Is this tree compatible with wetlands?
Ted@NewEngland on Jun 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I am not positive but I do have one of them planted where there is a lot of run off and it is wet good amount of the time and it seems to be growing fine.
Leaves stay on all year?
Paul h on Jun 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, not in the northeast anyway.
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 all??e. I'd suggest searching for trees that are ideal for all??es, 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: http://www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/a-perfect-shade-of-tree-the-hybrid-willow/

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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
Purchased
1 year ago
Willow
Doing extremely well in a very damp spot on the property.Im loving it.
May 20, 2016
Purchased
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
Purchased
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
Purchased
1 year ago