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Navajo Willow

Salix matsudana 'Navajo'

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Navajo Willow (Salix matsudana 'Navajo') at Moana Nursery

Navajo Willow

Navajo Willow

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Height:  40 feet

Spread:  40 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Globe Willow, Chinese Willow

Description:

A densely branched, symmetrical rounded tree with graceful fine foliage; best used as a solitary for maximum effect; tends to drop branchlets, aggressive root system, so do not plant near homes.

Ornamental Features

Navajo Willow has green foliage with white undersides throughout the season. The narrow leaves turn gold in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The rough gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Navajo Willow is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Navajo Willow is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Navajo Willow will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.