weeping willow - salix alba
Common Name: weeping willow, white willow
Hardiness Zone: 2 to 8
Height: 50 to 80 ft
Width: 40 to 70 ft
While not native to North America, this tree has been on the continent since the 1700's and has become a recognizable species for it's beautiful broad, loose crown. It was originally native to Europe, northern Africa, and central Asia until it was moved across seas by settlers. It quickly spread and naturalized in much of North America.
Salix alba grows to about 80 feet tall at a very quick rate. It has yellowish-brown bark and loose, drooping branches holding narrow, finely-toothed leaves. Both males and females have catkins, with the male catkins being the showier of the two. Fall color is generally a pale yellow, but this species is more well-known for it's "weeping" form and bright red winter twigs.
"Salix alba". Missouri Botanical Gardens. http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=c147. Accessed 19 May 2018.