Area of origin: Europe, Asia.
Adult Dimensions: Height up to 15 m, width up to 15 m (49,2').
Soil Type: Very rich, fertile and moist. Avoid lime.
Hardiness: Hardy to -32°C.
Exposure: Full sun.
Characteristics and Uses:
The finely toothed leaves are shiny green on top and whitish underneath. This beautiful tree is often cut low as the young branches are used in basket work. The branches are green-brown or yellowish, smooth and are often blown of the main branches by the wind as they are quite fragile. Usually planted alongside waterways and around lakes and ponds this lovely tree can be planted alone or in groups.
List of Willows:
Almond Leaved Willow (Salix triandra), small finely serrated leaves, slender branches, contorted and fluted
Corkscrew Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica pekinensis 'Tortuosa'), extremely pliable branches, contorted and weeping towards the ground, long and narrow leaves
Coyote Willow (Salix exigua), extremely narrow leaves, silvery, erect branches, pinkish in colour,extremely decorative in winter
Creeping Willow (Salix repens), shiny green leaves with glossy underside, pubescent browny grey branches, excellent ground cover
Dwarf Purple Willow (Salix purpurea 'nana')
Eared Willow (Salix aurita), grey green foliage with whitish underside, numerous contorted branches, dislikes chalky soil
Goat Willow (Salix caprea), dark green leaves with whitish underside, silvery catkins, red and glabrous branches, often used for floral compositions
Grey Willow (Salix cinerea), dark green foliage with ash grey underside, velvety grey juvenile branches
Japanese Dappled Willow (Salix integra 'Hakuro Nishiki), superb tender green foliage, mottled with off white and pink tones
Laurel Willow (Salix pentandra), finely serrated and fragrant leaves, browny green branches, glabrous and shiny
Purple Willow (Salix purpurea), rounded shape, silvery grey foliage, dark purple branches
Rosemary-Leaved Willow (Salix rosmarinifolia), hairy leaves, green with white underside, red branches
White Willow (Salix alba), extremely decorative silvery look, glabrous olive green juvenile branches
See the Willows catalogue