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Niobe Golden Weeping Willow

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Niobe Golden Weeping Willow (Salix alba ‘Niobe’) -A picturesque specimen tree featuring gracefully weeping golden branches; stunning when overhanging water; needs plenty of wide open space to achieve its finest form at maturity; tends to drop branchlets, aggressive root system, so DO NOT PLANT NEAR HOMES

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
50 feet
Average Landscape Width:
35 feet
Growth Rate:
very fast
Genus:
Salix
Species:
alba
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Fall Color:
gold
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
moist
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
weeping
Canopy:
high
Pruning:
prune in full leaf
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Branching:
decurrent
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Niobe Golden Weeping Willow is primarily valued in the landscape for its highly ornamental weeping form. It has rich green deciduous foliage. The glossy narrow leaves turn yellow in fall. The furrowed brown bark and gold branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Niobe Golden Weeping Willow is a dense deciduous tree with a rounded form and gracefully weeping branches. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Niobe Golden Weeping Willow will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 35 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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