About Globe Willow Trees

Globe Willow trees (Salix matsudana 'Navajo') are large deciduous trees with a globe-shaped canopy. They are native to Eastern Asia.

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Globe Willow trees are native to Eastern Asia.


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A Globe Willow has a rounded shape.

The upright branches with smaller drooping limbs give Globe Willows their rounded shape. Bright green leaves appear in early spring and turn darker green in summer. Fall foliage is yellow. Globe Willows grow 30 to 65 feet tall, and 40 to 60 feet wide.


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Globe Willows should be pruned during late summer to fall.

Globe Willows grow in USDA Zones 5 to 9 in partial shade to full sun. They should be pruned in late summer or fall.


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Globe Willows are long-lived trees.

Globe Willows are fast-growing and long-lived trees. They grow in a wide range of soils, from dry to wet. New trees can be grown from seeds or cuttings.


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Limbs and branches of Globe Willows break easily.

The limbs and branches of Globe Willows are brittle and break easy. The trees have invasive root systems, which makes it difficult for other plants to grow under them. They should not be planted near underground sewer lines, water pipes, cables or wires.

Diseases and Pests

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Globe Willows are susceptible to pests like caterpillars.

Slime flux, a common disease of Globe Willows, is unsightly and has a bad odor, but is not fatal to the tree. Frothy flux, another common disease, only attacks Globe Willows and is fatal. Infected trees should be removed and destroyed. Globe Willows are susceptible to numerous pests, such as aphids, beetles, caterpillars, mites and scale insects.

Melody Lee

Melody Lee holds a degree in landscape design, is a Florida Master Gardener, and has more than 30 years of gardening experience. She currently works as a writer and copy editor. Her previous jobs include reporter, photographer and editor for a weekly newspaper.