• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Salix alba 'Tristis' ambig.

White willow 'Tristis'

White willow 'Tristis'

© � RHS 2002

  • Other common names White willow 'Tristis'

  • Synonyms Salix alba 'Vitellina Pendula'
    Salix alba 'Vitellina Tristis'

    Salix vitellina 'Pendula'

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  • Genus Salix are deciduous shrubs and trees of diverse habit, with simple leaves and tiny flowers in catkins, male and female usually on separate plants. Some are valued for their brightly coloured winter shoots, others for their foliage or showy male catkins

  • Family Salicaceae / Salicaceae

  • Species 'Tristis' is a fast-growing weeping willow with narrow leaves on slender yellow branches, and slim female catkins in early spring


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Pendulous_Weeping#Pendulous/Weeping



  • Full Sun

  • Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand, Clay

  • pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline


  • Ultimate height

    Higher than 12 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    wider than 8 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    20-50 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moderately fertile deep soil in full sun. Very fast growing

Propagation Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or hardwood cuttings in winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Hedging & Screens Coastal Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1. Can be hard pruned to rejuvenate or pollard

Pests Can get aphids, caterpillars, leaf beetles and sawflies

Diseases May be affected by willow anthracnose diseases and a rust

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