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Salix alba

"White Willow"

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The White Willow is a familiar native tree, commonly planted in water meadows and along river banks. It is a large elegant tree which is broadly upright with slender, reaching branches. They are adorned in silky, hairy leaves which attractively appear silver – billowing in the breeze like shoals of small silver fish in the sea.

The flowers are wind pollinated, slender catkins that appear with the young leaves in spring. The seeds are also distributed by the wind and by river, and hence are very successful pioneers.

Size 15m high x 10m wide after 25 years. Ultimately a large tree but can be successfully pollarded.
Canopy Broadly columnar tree.
Foliage Silvery, lanceolate leaves occurring in billowy masses – silky, hairy leaves.

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