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How Fast Do Weeping Willow Trees Grow?

Updated February 21, 2017

Fast-growing trees use a lot of water and weeping willows grow faster than most deciduous trees. Their rapid rate of growth makes their wood brittle and they often break in high winds or from ice or snow. Unfortunately, they are also short-lived and tend to decline after 20 to 30 years.

First Year's Growth

Planted in early spring, willow cuttings will grow three to eight feet by the end of their first growing season.

Adolescent Willows

Growing fastest during their third and fourth years, willows grow an average of seven feet per year, according to a Colgate University report.

Cultivated Willows

Willows cultivated as a cash crop and grown under ideal conditions can grow at the rate of 10 feet a year, according to State University of New York.

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Sharon Sweeny has a college degree in general studies and worked as an administrative and legal assistant for 20 years before becoming a professional writer in 2008. She specializes in writing about home improvement, self-sufficient lifestyles and gardening.