Area of origin: Europe, central Asia, Himalayas.
Adult Dimensions: Height up to 10m, width up to 10m (32,8').
Soil Type: Very rich, fertile and moist.
Hardiness: Hardy to -32°C.
Exposure: Semi-shade to full sun.
Characteristics and Uses:
The finely toothed leaves are shiny dark green on top and blue-green underneath. The branches are purplish in colour and grow well. The catkins appear very early before the leaves. This little tree is very decorative especially in the winter when the branches give lovely colour to the garden. This is a great plant for creating interesting screening and for limiting erosion. Usually planted alongside waterways, lakes and ponds this beautiful 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
Crack Willow (Salix fragilis), finely serrated leaves, greeny brown branches, glabrous, easily breaks off
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
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