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Willow, white / Salix alba
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White Willow or Silver Willow –
Salix alba (latin)
Area of origin: Europe, temperate Asia, North Africa.
Adult Dimensions: Height up to 25 m (82'), width up to 20m (65,6').
Soil Type: Very rich and fertile, very moist.
Hardiness: Hardy to -32°C.
Exposure: Full sun.
Characteristics and Uses:
The grey-green leaves give a beautiful silvery effect to this tree. The leaves are finely toothed. This tree is often cut low as the young branches are used in basket work. The young branches are olive green and smooth. Usually planted along waterways, this is a beautiful tree planted alone or in a group.
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
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
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