Central Europe and Asia
Sizeable tree with long flexible branches forming a broad and rounded crown
Wet, moist areas, found along stream banks and in well-saturated soils.
Grows extremely well in wet areas and can stabilize stream banks and wet soils.
Fine textured; Alternate, simple, on long yellow cascading branches.
Buds are small and pushed up against the stem, smooth.
Peely, rigid, furrowed bark
Dioecious, entomophilous and also anemophilous; male and female borne in upright catkins; males are showy and represent the "Pussy willow" character familiar to everyone.
Silky tufts in two-valved capsules
'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.