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View Larger Weeping Willow

Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Fruit Garden & Nursery Bowling Green

  • Fruit Garden & Nursery
  • Bowling Green

  • Hardiness Zones

    5 5 6 6b 7 7b 8 8b 9 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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    Classically planted in moist areas such as lakes and ponds, this elegant tree should be given plenty of room and planted well away from structures.

    Latin Name

    Salix babylonica



    Also Known As

    Babylon Willow

    Type of Plant

    Trees Trees

    Bloom Season

    April - May


    Summer Summer


    Max height Max Height: 80'
    Max spread Max Spread: 50'


  • Shade Tree
  • Rain Garden

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Wet Soil
  • Black Walnut

  • Colors

    Native Range

    Northern China


    Washington constructed two mounds planted with weeping willows on either side of the gate onto the bowling green. Unfortunately, the cultural requirements of weeping willows do not favor this sort of environment.

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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