Alien Invasives

Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)


10 October 2016

Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)

The Weeping Willow is a medium to large-sized deciduous tree, growing up to 25 metres tall. It grows rapidly, but has a short lifespan of between 40 and 75 years. The shoots are yellowish-brown, with small buds. The leaves are alternate and spirally arranged, narrow, light green, with finely serrated margins and long acuminate tips. The leaves turn a yellow in autumn. The flowers are arranged in catkins produced early in the spring.

Other names
Babylon Willow (English)
Invasive status
NEMBA Category 2

Weeping Willow
Originally from
Where is it a problem?
All over South Africa especially along rivers
How does it spread?
Fragmented branches root along river banks
Why is it a problem?
Grows rapidly along river banks, shading large areas and often causing erosion
Planting alternatives
River Bushwillow (Combretum erythrophyllum)

  ·   Privacy policy  ·   Sitemap  ·   © Friends of Sandspruit