Wisconsin Weeping Willow

Item #0632, Bare-root. Ships 3 - 4' tall with a 3/8" trunk.
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This popular classic makes a dramatic addition to any open space. The pendulous shape, ground-sweeping branches and yellow-green, lacy boughs of this distinctive tree will be an instant standout in your landscape. Matures to be 40-60' tall and 40' wide. Grows best in moist soil. Cold-hardy and heat-tolerant. Shipped 3-4 feet. (Salix × pendulina)

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Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Average Moistness - Moist
Soil pH Level 6.5 - 7.5
Zone Range 3 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 9
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 40 - 60' tall x 40' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 40 - 60' 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

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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Ken M on Apr 13, 2021
Help soak up water in pasture.
Evan S on Mar 17, 2021
like them
Ken M on Apr 13, 2021
Victoria B on Apr 2, 2021
Help soak up water in pasture.
Evan S on Mar 17, 2021
A birthday gift for my husband. He has always admired weeping willows; we finally live in a place where we can grow one!
Tisa H on Mar 8, 2021
i want to plant it in the soggy part of my back/side yard. i always loved weeping willows, and the picture of this one looks so fluffy and green!
Emily C on Feb 23, 2021
We have an area that is swamped each spring and fall. This would be a perfect way to absorb the moisture while increasing our green space.
Christopher R on Jun 5, 2020
the intense color
Andrew S on May 11, 2020
1) "Adult" size 2) Growth rate 3) The very pretty picture (not the yellow-green of other willows.
GENEVIEVE O on May 9, 2020
I bought this to help dry out a wet area to the rear of my yard and to provide a visual barrier to that area from neighbors. I've used this method before at a former home and it dried out a similar area very well.
Chez on May 5, 2020
We needed a large tree in the front of our home where It could absorb excess water.
Susan H on May 5, 2020
absorb water
adam m on Apr 24, 2020
PAUL B on Apr 18, 2020
Love this tree and I have a water issue on my property
Heidi P on Apr 13, 2020
I was going with Stark Bro's as a neighbor recommended. I wanted a Weeping Willow, green.
mark f on Apr 10, 2020
Always wanted a Willow tree and the reviews were very good
Christopher D on Apr 8, 2020
My husband wants a weeping willow
Jean on Feb 9, 2020
It looks like it has a nice shape and a willow tree seemed appropriate for the condolence gift.
Diane N on May 19, 2019
Husband loved this type of weeping willow
Beverly L on May 14, 2019
Very wet yard, coupled with a fondness for willows
Frank G on May 11, 2019
Always wanted a weeping willow and have some standing water spots.
Lindsay H on May 6, 2019
Wet, wet yard and beautiful looking tree!
Nancy F on May 6, 2019
to help with water in yard
virginia b on May 5, 2019
I want to create some shade and hidey places for my small flock of hens in their pen.
Collette P on May 4, 2019
We have a large field that is soggy near the bottom and this should fill the space, add some interest and love the moisture. Also, we just love weeping willows and can't wait to have one of our own.
Debora H on Apr 21, 2019
I have some lowland areas in one of my pastures which will make a fine habitat for these trees. They will also grow to obscure my neighbor's view into that pasture while adding a more exotic view from my own perspective.
Kenneth M on Feb 25, 2019
Grows fast and very elegant in my open field.
KEITH B on Jun 5, 2017
I remember these gorgeous trees with my childhood. I have some wet ares in the middle of my land these should take to very nicely. Once again I didn't think these would be compatible in my zone but they are. The Stark info. About all trees and bushes is really helpful.
Jeff S on Apr 8, 2017
9th wedding anniversary gift.
John F M on Mar 26, 2017
Plant near our pond
Rick G on Jul 2, 2016
I chose this for wet soil area.
Toni R on Apr 20, 2016
My wife has always wanted one.
David W on Apr 9, 2016
to plant by swampy spot in lawn.
STEVEN B on Apr 8, 2016
Live my marshy area, always loved willows
Bryan S on Apr 8, 2016
Victoria B on Apr 2, 2021
A birthday gift for my husband. He has always admired weeping willows; we finally live in a place where we can grow one!
Tisa H on Mar 8, 2021
How is this willow in a drought? Does it need lots of water?
Ronnie on Apr 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Willows are water-loving trees and do not favor drought conditions.
My tree is8years old and the folage is thin is something wrong?
Robert D on May 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The wisconsin weeping willow prefers wettish areas, and does not to be too close to other trees
I have a wetland area behind my house that is heavy clay soil, will it grow well there?
Mechelle B on Apr 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have very wet, very heavy clay and my Willows that are growing best are the ones right smack in the middle of it. Go figure.
Partially sunny wet area, is it OK?
JOHN R on Jun 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We have these planted in sunny and wet locations and they do quite well.
Does the root system become invasive to septic systems?
Christine C on Mar 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No, but you should rely on an expert for your area if you are concerned. From my experience, they are super shallow. They are all around orchards and the roots run horizontal with the ground. Also, from what I have researched, they are shallow roots that run along the surface of the ground. If you water them plenty, the roots will not need to go deep to search for water.
does this tree have pussy willows in the spring?
varo w on Apr 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Weeping Willow trees like this one bloom with small, yellowish flowers/catkins in the spring, but they are far less showy than the fuzzy flowers/catkins of the Pussy Willow (Salix caprea).
Does this tree attract deer?
Anna C on Apr 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Deer might try to rub their antlers on any convenient young, pliable trees, but willows aren't specifically known for "attracting" deer. If deer are problematic in your area, I suggest putting up fencing around any young trees planted there.
Can I plant this tree close to my deck for shade?
Liberache H on Mar 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The tree gets really big and would need plenty of space to spread out, also the weeping willow drops a lot of branches all the time so your deck would have a lot of litter from the tree
Do they draw the purple bugs?
Steve B on Apr 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have not seen any bugs of any kind around my tree. It did draw some rabbits.
Would I have a problem if I planted this within 10 feet of an underground propane tank?
Crystal on May 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would not suggest it.
I have a few that I purchased from Stark Brothers that I have planted down near my pond in the wetlands here in Oregon.
I was putting in a drain line from the house down to the pond the other day and this is a approximately 15 foot tall 5 inch in diameter weeping willow and I was digging about ten feet away and hit some small Roots all the way out there. General rule of thumb is for every 2 inches it grows in height The Roots grow 1 inch.A willows roots grow around everything.
what is the growth per year?
Stefanie D on Apr 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The wisconsin weeping willow grows about 3 feet per year.
Can this be in containers? In a zone 5
SYounn on Mar 5, 2021
BEST ANSWER: You can grow almost anything in a container! This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/fruit-trees-in-containers-pt1
Does the Wisconsin weeping willow have seeds?
Denise H on Dec 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Seeds. Like other trees, one of the ways in which willow trees reproduce is by seed. Long, silky hairs on willow seeds carry them quite a distance as they fall; they can also be spread by water, as most willow trees grow near a water source, according to the U.S. Forest Service
Hi! I purchased a Wisconsin willow about three weeks ago and planted it in rich moist loamy soil in full sun. Its upstate NY zone 5. Its been high 50s in day and 40s at night. So far, no activity. Is that normal? Thanks!
Bob Flynn on May 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Since these come dormant we usually advise allowing up to 6 weeks for them to break their dormancy. Give them a little more time and you should see them start to green up.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Good morning. I live in Northern CA and have a medium sized condo backyard. Would this be a good choice?
Bella Gina L on May 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. This variety gets 40-6- feet tall and 40 feet wide. I do not know how much space you have but this is a very large tree at maturity.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Do I need to prune at planting? It???s approximately a 4??? whip only.
Christen C on May 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. no there is no pruning needed at time of planting.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Do they grow good in sandy soil?
Lori B on Jun 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Not as well as loamy soil, which retains water better Willows like "wet feet."
How long before this tree matures?
Sue S on Jun 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Much will depend upon the care it receives and the local weather and soil conditions, but it can commonly reach maturity in 15-17 years.
A couple more questions, please:
1. What is the minimum distance between the tree trunk and the foundation of the house?
2. What is the size of the hole (diameter x depth) I need to dig for the size of the tree that you supply?
Prasert S on May 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Weeping willows have extensive root systems; we would not recommend planting one any closer than 100' from a house. The size of the hole is not related to the size of the tree. The hole needs to be large enough and filled with amended soil to nurture the growth of the root system while it's young and not as strong. A planting hole of at leats 2' wide and deep is the minimum size we recommend. A 3'x3' hole is better.
I intend to plant more than one weeping willow next to each other. What should be the minimum distance between adjacent ones?
Prasert S on May 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: They should be no closer than 50' apart, center to center.
how much does it grow each year on average ?
Randal S on Apr 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Around 2 feet per year on average, sometimes more!

Customer Reviews

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Grows fast and looks different
It looks more managed and permanent green in color than other weeping willows which look disorganized??
Fast grower no doubt
Came as a two feet stick last year this time. It is a medium size tree right now
May 11, 2016
over 6 years ago
Wisconsin Weeping Willow
I love my weeping willow! She has, on 2 years grown to about 10-12 feet tall.
I highly recommend this tree! The dirt less roots make it very easy to plant and I do believe it promotes fast growth.
The only thing I've had to do is tie a cord around the trunk to help influence straight growth, but that is probably because where I planted her. There is a dominant east wind that has caused her to lean more than we want
August 18, 2016
over 6 years ago
One tough little tree
Living in the foothills of Central California the weather can be extreme. We have hot and dry summers, freezes in the winter, winds, hail, heavy rains. We planned our willow just this last summer and it has gone thru it all and not only has it survived, it is growing strong and fast! We make sure it gets plenty of water during the hot dry months and we stake it for the winds. I can't wait for it to be full grown!
May 13, 2016
over 5 years ago
2 out of 3 ain't bad!
I ordered 3 Willows and all three arrived just as they should and when they should. I planted all three and two are doing great. The third I think finds it's location a little dryer than it likes and has struggled. Not Stark Bros. fault though, totally on me. I'll be making another tree order for fall soon. I'm very pleased with the purchases and the products so far. Quality trees. I highly recommend.
August 19, 2016
over 6 years ago
Lovely trees
Weeping willows have doubled their size within a year. Graceful trees
June 7, 2016
over 6 years ago
Wisconsin Weeping Willow
The wisconsin weeping willow appears to be growing well. It is really small yet but is making progress. It likes the location next to swamp lands.
May 12, 2016
over 5 years ago
Weeping willow
Our tree is flourishing even with the roller coaster of strange weather!
May 8, 2017
over 5 years ago
Packaged well and is growing quickly
Our Willow arrived timely and packaged well. It has been growing quickly since we planted it. We are very pleased with our purchase.
June 11, 2017
over 4 years ago
Fast hardy grower
Terrific. Love them. Rapid Grower. Hardy. Planting another 50 this year.
May 12, 2017
over 4 years ago
Love it
I absolutely love this tree. It was very easy to plant and made perfectly through its first N.D. winter! I would highly recommend it to anyone.
May 30, 2017
over 4 years ago