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Commonly known as Swiss willow
DeciduousGrey-green leaves 1-3.5cm (½ to 1½in) long, smooth above, silver-downy beneath.
Dwarf shrubTypically 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 hardyHardy in the severest continental climates including exposed upland locations in the UK. Plant can withstand temperatures < -20 (-4°F)
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowCan be pruned in winter to maintain a ground-hugging shape.Pests & DiseasesAphids, caterpillars, leaf beetles, sawflies, willow scale, anthracnose, honey fungus, rust.Place of originEuropean Alps.
Garden Location/ConditionsSuitable for small gardens
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Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable 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
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soil