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Salix x sepulcralis (golden weeping willow)

Golden weeping willow is an artificial hybrid of two willow cultivars, from which it has inherited a weeping habit and golden branches. It is widely grown as an ornamental, especially near water.
Weeping willow next to the water's edge

Golden weeping willow in Kew Gardens

Species information

Scientific name: 

Salix × sepulcralis Simonk.

Common name: 

golden weeping willow

Conservation status: 

Not threatened.


Normally grown near water, but can also be cultivated in dry and even tropical conditions.

Key Uses: 


Known hazards: 

None known.


Genus: Salix

About this species

Salix × sepulcralis 'Chrysocoma' is today the most widely grown weeping willow. The cultivar was first made available by Späth (Berlin) in 1888 under the name Salix vitellina pendula nova. In 1908, Dode gave it its official name 'Chrysocoma'. It is an artificial hybrid between Salix alba 'Vitellana', which provides the characteristic yellow stems and frost hardiness, and Salix babylonica 'Babylon', which provides the weeping habit. This cultivar has now almost entirely replaced all other weeping willows in cultivation.


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