West Highland Flora

White Willow


Salix alba

 

Salix alba

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Sep 2003 Musselburgh

Probably not native in the area.  Occasionally planted, not common. Self-sown specimens rare but do occur.  Prefers wet but rich soils.

A tall tree to 25 m.  Leaves 5-10 cm long.

ID: Leaves more than 4 times as long as broad, densely covered with white silky hairs on both sides, appressed to the surface, giving both sides of the leaf a whitish appearance, though the lower side much whiter than the top side.

Other features: Leaves long-tapering to a pointed tip, finely toothed.  Whole tree has whitish appearance.  Catkins open April-May.

 

Salix alba

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Sep 2003 Musselburgh

 

Salix alba

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Sep 2003 Musselburgh

  Salix alba

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Sep 2003 Musselburgh


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