SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Stanford, CA, Lotusland - Santa Barbara, CA, Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco, CA
Needs ample water.
Native to China.
Trees may be referred to as male or female.
A Salix babylonica in Porterville is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 45 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 150 inches and a crown spread of 73 feet.
Erect, Spreading or Weeping with a High Canopy.
Oval, Rounded or Umbrella Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 30 - 50 feet.
Width: 30 - 50 feet.
Growth Rate: 36 or More Inches per Year.
Longevity Less than 50 years.
Leaves Lanceolate to Linear, Medium Green, Gold, Deciduous.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring. Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.
Brown Capsule, Very Small (Under 0.25 inches), fruiting in Summer.
Bark Dark Brown, Fissured.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit and Twigs.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 3 - 24; H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 6 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Wet to Moist Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Invasive Shot Hole Borer, Aphids, Beetle Borers, Caterpillars and Spider Mites, Anthracnose, Willow Blight, Armillaria, Phytophthora, Root Rot, Rust and Sooty Mold.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Weak.
Root Damage Potential Rated as High.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered High.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Salix babylonica Tree Record." 1995-2018. Jul 20, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/salix-babylonica >
SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
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