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Commonly known as Willow
Very diverse of form and habit from dwarves suitable for troughs to huge weeping trees for planting near water, and some with brilliantly coloured winter shoots.
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Genus of about 450 species of normally dioecious, deciduous trees and shrubs found in habitats ranging from lowland meadows and riverbanks to sand dunes and mountain screes worldwide, except Australia.
Dwarf shrubTypically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Full sunPrefers full sun.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowGrown for habit (weeping), catkins, foliage and coloured winter shoots. Wildlife plant - insects, birds.Pests & DiseasesAphids, caterpillars, honey fungus, rustPlace of originWorldwide, except Australia
Garden Location/ConditionsBog garden
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilWet or boggy soil
- Introduction to salix
- Dwarf growing willows for the rockery or shrub border
- Taller growing ‘shrubby’ willows suitable for woodland or waterside planting
- Tree willows
- How to plant a tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- How to plant a tree
- Ties - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Restaking fallen young trees - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Fallen old tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Clearing up fallen beech tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Spring pruning - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing side shoots - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Pruning and Shaping Magnolia - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Deer protection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Weed Spraying - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing Ivy - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing wire protection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Tree Survey - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Crown uplift - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing shoots below graft - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing peeling bark - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Maintaining variegation - Video Tip ondemand_video
Buy Varieties of SALIX
contorted stems and light-green leaves
female form is known as 'Pussy Willow'
top grafted weeping Kilmarnock willow
grey underside to the leaves
large silver catkins, dark stems with glossy red shoots
silvery grey leaves. Suitable for sandy soils
stout branches with glossy-green new growth which turns reddish-brown. Buds are bright red. Long catkins are green in spring. A good ornamental shrub right through the year with dark green toothed leaves silky underneath
bushy willow with bluish leaves. Catkins are pink with a silvery sheen
semi-dwarf willow with grey foliage. Catkins start white and turn yellow
silver grey catkins appear from small golden buds before the leaves
slow growing willow with rounded silvery- grey downy leaves and yellowish-grey woolly catkins. Suitable for a rock garden
magnolia-like leaves. Upright catkins are reddish at first fading to yellow. A most impressive species as a freestanding plant
similar to S.fargesii but with smaller leaves. An attractive ornamental shrub all year round
blueish green leaves on slender red shoots
bright yellow-green leaves. Insignificant catkins
Japanese willow with flattened stems, ideal for flower arranging
vigorous contorted orangey yellow stems and green leaves