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Yellow willows are often used as hedges and screens. They can be repeatedly cut down to encourage a bushy habit which shows off their flashy golden stems.

Latin Name

Salix alba var. vitellina



Also Known As

Golden Willow

Type of Plant

Trees Trees
Shrubs Shrubs

Bloom Season

April - May


Winter Winter


Max height Max Height: 70'
Max spread Max Spread: 50'


  • Hedge
  • Rain Garden

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Black Walnut
  • Erosion
  • Clay Soil

  • Colors

    Native Range

    Europe, Northern Africa, and Central Asia


    In December of 1787, Washington sent a bundle of cuttings of the golden willow to George Weedon.

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones

    2a 2b 3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 2a 2b 3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b

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