When to Plant a Willow Tree


Willow trees are one of the easiest trees to plant. Plant them in the early spring while the tree is still dormant. There are exceptions because the willow is so adaptable. When considering planting a willow, factors like the size of your tree, the kind of planting, where you live, if you are planting in the soil or a container, all play in the timing.


  • Look at the willow’s size. Plant trees that are rather large, with a 3-foot rootball or more, as early in the spring as you can work the ground, as they grow quickly and might become root bound. Plant smaller trees in the spring if possible, but anytime during the growing season provided they have enough water.


  • Planting a willow tree also depends on the kind of planting, whether it is in-ground or in a container. Planting container-grown willow trees after the last frost keeps the roots from drying out during the freezing temperatures of early spring if not protected by a greenhouse or cold frame.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zone

  • Choose a planting time for your willow tree based on the climate within your hardiness zone zone. Find the number of your zone and if willow trees will grow in your zone. Plant your willow tree as early in the spring as the soil thaws, or as late as a month before the ground freezes again.


  • Stick willow cuttings into a pot of soil inside your home to root and grow them any time of year. Transplant them outside only after the ground has warmed in the spring. Plant willow cuttings outside directly into the soil in the early spring when the soil is moist and they will establish roots within a few weeks.

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