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Description for Salix babylonica
Grow in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Thrives in moist soils. Avoid dry soils. Prefers full sun. Prune as needed in late winter to early spring.
Planting and care
A yearly application of 10-10-10 slow-release fertilizer will ensure that the tree has access to adequate nutrients. Apply the fertilizer in the spring when the tree begins active growth at a rate of 1 tablespoon per square foot of soil.
Caring for Salix babylonica
- Regular supplemental watering is important for weeping willow trees during their first year of growth to ensure establishment of deep roots. Never allow the soil to dry deeper than the top 2 to 3 inches. Weeping willows older than one year require supplemental watering only during periods of little to no rainfall to prevent the soil from becoming dry.
Typical uses of Salix babylonica
Special features: Weeping form of this tree is quite beautiful when the tree is planted in appropriate settings. Weeping willow may be grown most effectively in moist soils along streams, ponds or other water bodies.
Culinary use: leaves
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: A decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of abscesses, carbuncle.
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