Area of origin: Europe, central and southern Asia.
Adult Dimensions: Height up to 10 m (32,8'), width up to 8 m (26,3').
Soil Type: All.
Hardiness: Hardy to -32°C.
Exposure: Full sun.
Characteristics and Uses:
The dark green smooth leaves are whitish and soft underneath. The branches are smooth and red. The silver catkins appear on the branches before leaves at the beginning of spring. Florists use the stems for decorative purposes. Rapidly growing this very beautiful little tree is used to create hedges, planting on banks and alongside waterways particularly in dry areas.
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
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