Navajo Globe Willow Tree

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The pristine circular canopy of the Navajo Globe Willow will have you rethinking the wispy weeping Willows you are used to! Willow trees are often sought after for gardens and landscapes but just as often unable to adapt to climates outside of wetland and riverside. However, with the Navajo Globe Willow Tree (Salix babylonica var. matsudana 'Navajo') is a game changer for those in arid climates!

One of the most interesting aspects of the Navajo Globe Willow tree is that its branches do not trail downward like other Willows, but rather reach up into the sky. The crown is always a neat and pristine round shape that resembles a dome without any canopy pruning at all!

Each spring, this deciduous tree comes alive as true green leaves with light silver-green undersides blanket the branches. With or without leaves though, this tree is fascinating as the light green bark of the branches and trunk are furrowed and become more fissured with age.

Speaking of age, the Navajo Globe Willow is an incredibly long living tree. Planting one ensures shade and beauty for decades to come!

Whether you call it a Globe Willow, Navajo Willow, Hankow Willow, Peking or Chinese Willow, this beauty will stand out in the landscape! The rich history of the Navajo Globe Willow dates back all the way to a Jesuit priest who brought cuttings with him from China when he was stationed in New Mexico.

The tree survived 100 years without help and is now a staple in the region! Hardy throughout more arid parts of USDA planting zones 5 to 9, this tree forms a rounded 30-50 foot tall and wide canopy!

Planting and Application:

Those who live in warmer drier climates can have their cake and eat it too! Adding a Navajo Globe Willow brings character and texture to gardens of many climates, not just ones with Xeric sites either!

Plant a single tree as a standout specimen and lawn tree or as a tidy backyard shade tree around your seating areas! There will be little to no worry about messy dropping flowers or fruit, and fall clean up will be a snap as the small leaves practically take care of themselves with the breeze helping whisk them away.

As the seasons turn from summer to fall, the Navajo changes with it. The fine-textured leaves will go from green to light yellow for a splash of seasonal interest. With its up and outward-growing branches, this specimen makes for a fantastic shade tree in gardens and larger landscapes.

It is also incredible as mass plantings next to a driveway for a tree line. Groupings become easy-care bird-friendly hotspots, and Willow are beloved by wildlife! Who wouldn't want to hang out in that neat, rounded canopy? The kids will definitely want you to make them a tree house!

  • Intriguing Upright Branching Tree & Gorgeous Round Canopy
  • Light Green Textured Foliage
  • Brilliant Yellow Fall Color
  • Neat & Tidy Without Pruning!
  • Wonderful Shade Tree, Lawn Tree & Specimen

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant this tree in a well-drained full sun location in your yard. Navajo Globe Willows are known for needing less moisture in their soil and also being cold tolerant. This makes them the perfect willow tree for desert areas located in higher altitudes such as Arizona and southern Colorado! As long as they are planted in full sun and have regular moisture during their first year or so in the ground, they will thrive! After these Willows get established, they become quite drought-tolerant.

Provide a 3-4 inch deep layer of mulch all around the entire root system for insulation and moisture retention. Prune your deciduous tree when dormant as needed.

  • Must Have Full Sun
  • Any Well-Drained Type of Soil
  • Drought Tolerant & Cold Hardy
  • Regular Moisture For Young Trees - Low Water Usage Once Established
  • Fast-Growing & Long-Lived!

Beauty, character, history, why pick just one when you could have all that and more with the Navajo Globe Willow Tree. Its up and outward growing branches, along with its circular crown, are nearly one of a kind and its low maintenance is hard to beat. Order one today from Nature Hills!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Navajo Globe Willow Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Salix babylonica var. matsudana 'Navajo'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 30 - 50 feet
Mature Spread 30 - 50 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium/Low
Growth Rate Fast, Medium
Flower Color Greenish White Catkins
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter