Billings, Montana @ ZooMontana
Golden Weeping Willow 'Niobe'
Catalogue A# 0096-041 Z41
GPS 45D 43' 50" N / 108D 37' 44" W
Salix alba 'Tristis' syn.S.alba 'Niobe' syn.S.x chrysocoma
Common name: Niobe Golden Weeping White Willow
Location: Multiple around Tiger and Takin habitats
Number in accession: 4
Note: Specimens in shady transition area doing well
Areas not accessible to public
This 45 inch White willow provides overall benefits of: $113 every year.
White willow, like other species of willow, is very tolerant of wet sites. It is a fast-growing tree with weak wood that is prone to storm damage. This species is best known for its weeping cultivars ('weeping willows').
Salix alba 'Tritis'
Golden Weeping Willow
Niobe Weeping Willow
Salix alba 'Vitellina Pendula'
Salix × sepulcralis
Salix × sepulcralis var. chrysocoma
• Broadleaf, deciduous tree with a weeping habit, 50-75 ft tall and a slightly smaller width, rounded crown, upright major branches from which hang slender, pendulous golden branchlets which may reach the ground. Leaves alternate, simple, narrow, lanceolate, 5-10 cm long, rounded base, elongated tip, margin is finely serrated, dull to bright green above and light green to whitish below.
• Full sun, adapted to moist and wet soils, has invasive roots; messy, drops branches and twigs regularly. Only suitable for large properties.
• Hardy to USDA Zone 4
• Note: several different weeping yellow forms have been given the name ‘Tristis’. Its taxonomy is confused to say the least. The Royal Horticultural Society lists Salix alba ‘Tristis’ as being misapplied as well as ambiguous