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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. (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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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.

Tools & Supplies

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Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
My Son had purchased 60, some for others, the trees are amazing. Has had them 2 years and they are huge
Donna B on May 21, 2020
I live by a lake with an eroding shoreline and I???m hoping these trees will thrive and slow down the erosion.
Susan M on May 16, 2019
My Son had purchased 60, some for others, the trees are amazing. Has had them 2 years and they are huge
Donna B on May 21, 2020
Need fast shade for south-facing windows.
Sandy S on Feb 8, 2020
I live by a lake with an eroding shoreline and I???m hoping these trees will thrive and slow down the erosion.
Susan M on May 16, 2019
Mother loves them
Tina G on May 10, 2019
I have a very long backyard and these 2 trees will look great from a distance when grown.
James G on May 9, 2019
I need a privacy screen.
Patricia W on May 5, 2019
Windbreak and privacy from neighbor. Needed plants that can grow in a wet location.
Bruce P on Apr 18, 2019
grown them in the past
stephen c on Apr 23, 2018
Need fast growing trees to put around new lake to stop erosion.
THOMAS P O on Feb 12, 2018
For its fast growth
Melissa C on Mar 24, 2017
Lots of low land and wet spots, privacy
Brett C on Mar 22, 2017
Had two Navajo willows in the past. Only lasted 10 yrs. Hoping for better luck with these as we miss our willows, the birds that enjoyed them and need for privacy from too close of new neighbors directly behind our home. Also I'm 65 and don't want to wait 20 years for a slow growing tree.
Kenneth P on Mar 21, 2017
My daughter wants to make wattle fences. This seemed perfect.
Connie J on Mar 9, 2017
Want windbreaker. Love the color it has in the winter months.
Teresa P. on Feb 8, 2017
We need shade and a winter wind break in our back yard. These trees will provide what we are looking for.
Raylene W on Jan 7, 2017
I ordered 26 trees. They have grown over four feet in 3 months.
VANESSA C on Aug 24, 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.
Ozark Jim 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
Need fast shade for south-facing windows.
Sandy S on Feb 8, 2020
Mother loves them
Tina G on May 10, 2019
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.
Can we keep them pruned to 10-15 feet and have them grow in as a hedge? We want them between us and our neighbors field because they spray gallons and gallons of herbicides on their grass for dandelions and it always blows onto our property and we have to go inside for the day.
Hannah C on Feb 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: New neighbors , within 3 weeks their backyard looks like a combination of Ringling Bros., The Magic Kingdom, a boat marina a miniature golf course, a fire pit, and a used car lot.. I sure hope these trees grow fast ! Ellie C Feb., 2020
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.
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.
How will they do in an established tree line? Just filling in some open areas.
Mark P on Mar 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: As long as they get sufficient sun, they should do just fine. Very fast growing, mine are all 12-15 tall already.
How close can I plant these to my pond?
Ryan P on Feb 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: These trees love "wet feet." You can plant them within 15' of the bank.
Do the roots cause problems with driveways or around septic tanks?
Cindy B on Mar 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: These roots will spread, especially to seek out water sources, so it is recommended that you plant away from any plumbing, underground pipes, and other structures (including paved areas). Use the mature spread of this tree as a guide for how far from other structures to plant.
Did you find it necessary to stake these trees at first?
Marsha on Mar 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, these things went crazy. They probably grew 10 feet in the first 1 1/2 years. They are also getting much larger trunks now. I've done very little with them. I put some fertilizer as the years have past and watered heavily the first year only. Some of them do tend to curve a bit with the dominant wind direction but as they've filled out and grown larger that has diminished. These trees are extremely fast growing and seem very hardy in my clay soil in middle of Illinois.
Should I prune the Hybrid Willow to only have one main trunk ?
Robert H on May 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Willows tend to have a sprawling nature. If you want a dense screen or windbreak, I wouldn'nt recommend much pruning. If you want a "lombardy Poplar look" pruning would be ok.
If I use as a wind break, spacing them 6 to 8 feet apart. How close can I plant these trees to my garden because the trees use so much water?
john k on Mar 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You are smart to consider this. We would recommend keeping them 30' away from the garden, not only because they have broad root systems, but they can become quite tall and you wouldn't want them to shade your garden, either.
How long do these trees last?
Jennifer M on Feb 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Much will depend upon weather, growing/soil conditions, rainfall and so on, but with good care they can live 70 years or more.
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.
Do leaves fall from these tree or is it more like and evergreen?
Jesse on Jan 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: In Kansas the hybrid willow looses all of its leaves in winter. I behaves like the nearby native wild willows.
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.
What size does this arrive as?
Camille R on Apr 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hello Camille,
The hybrid willow arrived as approximately 24??? twigs.
I had my doubts, but I was proved wrong in 2 months.
The following year they were already 7 feet.
This spring they are around 12-14 feet and starting to fill out nicely . They are more durable than I imagined as well. They sway in the wind very nicely and have a wonderful bright green color.
This year I trimmed the long branches that were in the way, too low, and planted them right into the soil to grow more.
I am really happy I purchased the Hybrid Willow, and highly recommend them.
Good luck,
Virgilio
I am interested in purchasing the hybrid-willow tree for privacy. Can the trees thrive if planted 5 feet or less apart? Thanks.
James C on Mar 31, 2020
BEST ANSWER: In two years they would be wlde enough to provide privacy and the trees will be 10 feet high. This is assuming you provide fertilizer and water and full son for ideal growing conditions. Planting closer together might slow down growth. We live in central Arkansas near the Arkansas River.
Can I plant these trees near a garden, or will grass and vegetables not grow where the leaves fall?
annie h on Aug 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My lawn is immediately adjacent to the area I have planted eight of these trees for screening
as my property is adjacent to a neighboring farmer's equipment storage area. My lawn has not been impacted by the leaves as they fall. I either mulch them in place or bag them if the maples in my side yard are also losing their leaves at the same time.
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
How close can I plant this hybrid to the house. I have a wetland portion of backyard that is about 10 feet from the house that I would love to plant this willow, but I know root systems can be invasive?
Thanks on Feb 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The easy answer is not that close, as willow roots search out water and if you have a leaky pipe the roots will find it eventually. Once inside the pipe they can cause clogs and even burst the pipe. I don???t think you want a 30-40 willow that near the house in most cases anyway. They have small leaves that will get in gutters etc. they are also not the worlds strongest trees. You could see some broken limps when they get bigger and you don???t want thise over the roof.
Can it be used a a privacy fence?
Mo H on May 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely! I would plant in a staggered pattern as Stark Bro???s recommends for a privacy fence. I bought one last year and it is already about 18 feet tall and getting bushier every day.
I have wetlands property with natural native willows on it already that floods out once a year, will these willows also survive flooded water on them like the wild native willows?
David D on Dec 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Our yard would flood where we planted the hybrids and they did wonderful with the water. Every time we would get a good rain, the grass would have standing water for a day.
What do they look like in winter?
Samantha on Mar 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: These trees are deciduous and lose their leaves in winter, so they look like dormant, leafless trees (trunks and branches) that still provide a windbreak.
Can I trim the branches up about 7 feet off the ground as the trees grow? Also, would the trees get taller faster by doing this?
Michael O on Mar 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This tree grows extremely fast ,I did some lower branch trimming after the second full year.These trees have a lowspread if you trim at 7' you would probably have to wait till well established guessing about 5 years. I don't think this would effect it to grow any faster.
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, they are deciduous .
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: They seem to do well here. Even if the area is low and somewhat wet. It's a fast grower too.
Are these trees grafted to another tree's root system? My stupid dog used the sapling as a chew toy and destroyed the tree down to the ground over the winter. It's now growing back like a bush instead of a tree. The tops of the branches coming up are brittle but there are constantly more shoots coming up from the ground.
Swannie on Jun 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The Hybrid willow is not grafted and is from a rooted cutting so it should be the tree growing from the base. Now those shoots may be suckers and need to be pruned off. I recommend pruning about 2-3 inches off the top until you see green and fertilize. This should bring the tree back to life.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
how tall do hybrid willows get?
frank b on Mar 31, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Ours are ten feet high after planting in April 2018.
Do the roots seek water aggressively the way willow trees do? Want to plant one but it's near our well/pipes
Kelly T on Jan 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they will go after water sources.
Can the bark be used as natural asprin?
Dawna M on Jan 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. I found that the willow bark that is primarily used medicinally is that off white or black willows. Since this is a hybrid cultivar, and we have no information regarding this type of usage, we do not recommend using the bark medicinally.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!

Customer Reviews

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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
over 5 years ago
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
Grows fast
This tree grows fast as they say, from a 4 foot stick to a 15 foot tree in a year
May 24, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Stark Hybrid Willow in Central Texas
I purchased three of these hybrid willows a year or two ago and they aren't doing very well here in central Texas (zone 8). One tree died and the remaining two are less than 2 feet tall. I assume the (Caliche type) white clay we have here is the reason for the poor grown.

I have purchased numerous fruit trees from Stark Brothers over the last 4 years, and the Hybrid Willows are the only ones that didn't work out.
May 13, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Great fast growing screen!
I planted four of the hybrid willows 10 feet apart as a privacy screen. Even in my rocky ridgetop soil they are growing extremely well. I definitely recomend them.
May 9, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years 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 6 years ago
This is my first experience with hybrid willows. I purchased one last year and planted it. I pruned it during the winter and it leafed out fully this spring. I planted hybrid poplars several years ago at my cabin on the lake. I have had fairly good luck with them although I have had to replace two. I have neighbors who have planted hybrid willows and they have had very good luck. they seem to be a little more hardy and they grow faster. I am planning on planting more and I would recommend them.
May 2, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
incredible growth
I bought 4 trees - the 2 that I planted at my home are doing great and have grown tremendously in one year!!!!
June 28, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Growing good
These trees arrive as sticks, but they are growing great!
July 10, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago