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SALIX helvetica

Commonly known as Swiss willow

Silver grey catkins appear from small golden buds before the leaves
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  • Deciduous - grey-green leaves 1-3.5cm (½ to 1½in) long, smooth above, silver-downy beneath.
  • Height - 60cm (24in)
  • Spread - 40cm (16in)
  • Dwarf shrub - Typically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions. - upright, many-branched shrub. Catkins to 5cm (2in) long appear before the leaves.
  • Very hardy - Hardy in the severest continental climates including exposed upland locations in the UK. Plant can withstand temperatures < -20 (-4°F)
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - can be pruned in winter to maintain a ground-hugging shape.
  • Pests & Diseases - aphids, caterpillars, leaf beetles, sawflies, willow scale, anthracnose, honey fungus, rust.
  • Place of origin - European Alps.
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Suitable for small gardens - Suitable for small gardens
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Leaf margin - Entire - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Oblanceolate - see photos above
  • Oblong
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Seasonal Interest - Spring -
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil -
  • Wildlife - Bee friendly -
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60cm (24in)
Dwarf Shrub - guide for size not form Watering Can
  40cm (16in)
 

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