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Salix alba

White Willow

Pronunciation
SAY-lix AL-bah
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Family
Genus
Nativity

Central Europe and Asia

Growth Habit

Sizeable tree with long flexible branches forming a broad and rounded crown

Hardiness
2
Culture

Wet, moist areas, found along stream banks and in well-saturated soils.

Facultative Status
Facultative Wetland
Landscape Use

Grows extremely well in wet areas and can stabilize stream banks and wet soils.

Foliage

Fine textured; Alternate, simple, on long yellow cascading branches.

Buds

Buds are small and pushed up against the stem, smooth.

Bark

Peely, rigid, furrowed bark

Flower

Dioecious, entomophilous and also anemophilous; male and female borne in upright catkins; males are showy and represent the "Pussy willow" character familiar to everyone.

Fruit

Silky tufts in two-valved capsules

Propagation

Seed, cuttings.

Pests
Crown gall, leaf blight.
Cultivars

'Golden Ness' - Brassy-yellow stems.

'Brizensis' ('Chermesina') - first year stems reddish to orange-red.

'Tristis' - one of the hardiest and most beautiful of the weeping types.

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