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(White Willow)

Salix alba - White Willow - is native tree which adds interest to any landscape with its shimmering silver leaves that rustle gently in the breeze.

A large tree often found close to water, it can grow up to 25m in height and develops with a wide irregular crown. The name ‘white willow’ comes from the slender leaves, paler than other species. Green on the upper side and with tiny white hairs on the underside which give it the silvery appearance as they flutter in the breeze. In spring, catkins emerge, starting as the furry white tufts which Willows are recognised for. They are produced on bare stems and often used for flower arranging.

Salix alba is a fast growing tree but if required, the size can be maintained by pollarding or coppicing. This is widely practised commercially with the flexible young stems then often used for basket making and weaving.

White Willow will grow well in most well drained to wet soils, in a sunny spot.

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Plant Profile

Name: Salix alba

Common Name: White Willow

Family: Salicaceae

Height: up to 25m

Demands: Will grow in a sunny spot on most well drained - moist soils. Avoid dry areas

Foliage: Lanceolate foliage with small white hairs, especially on the underside.

Flower: Catkins are borne in spring before the emerging foliage

Bark: Brightly coloured young stems. Becomes fissured and interesting with maturity.

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FACT: The original source of salicylic acid, documented by Hippocrates as being used to treat aches, pains & fevers.

Salix alba 25-30cm girth in airpots

Salix alba 25-30cm girth in airpots

Pollarded White Willow, 50-60cm girth

Pollarded White Willow, 50-60cm girth

9-10m feathered field specimen

9-10m feathered field specimen

Attractive, fissured bark

Attractive, fissured bark

Salix alba 70-80cm girth

Salix alba 70-80cm girth

Spring foliage and catkin of Salix alba

Spring foliage and catkin of Salix alba

Silvery underside of foliage giving White Willow its name

Silvery underside of foliage giving White Willow its name

White Willow half stem pollards, 80-100cm girth

White Willow half stem pollards, 80-100cm girth


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