How Fast Do Willow Trees Grow?

Updated July 19, 2017

Willow trees are prized for their graceful form and fast growth rate. Their place in the landscape is limited due to their size and susceptibility to wind damage.


Willow trees are able to establish quickly after transplanting and grow rapidly.

When planted in optimum conditions, willow trees can be extremely fast growing, some reaching 50 feet tall in only 10 years.


Willow trees have weak wood due to their fast growth rate. In strong winds willows are prone to losing branches and limbs. Willows are best suited for open areas where they will not be a hazard or nuisance.

Fun Fact

The Austree is marketed as being an extremely fast-growing tree that is ideal for natural screens or windbreaks. The Austree is actually a hybrid willow that is a cross between the corkscrew willow and the white willow.

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About the Author

Jorden Kolpin has been writing about horticulture and plant pathology since 2006. She has been published on Iowa State University's Horticulture and Home Pest News website. She earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental horticulture from Iowa State University and is continuing to study plant pathology and mycology, the study of mushrooms.