Eared Willow - Salix aurita

    Description

    It is a shrub to 2.5 m in height, distinguished from the similar but slightly larger Salix cinerea by its reddish petioles and young twigs. It was named for its persistent kidney-shaped stipules along the shoots. Flowers are in the form of catkins with male and female flowers on separate plants.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Damper areas including woodland edge, scrub and hedgerows.

    When to see it

    In flower during May and June.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Most common in northern and western Britain, more scattered elsewhere.

    VC55 Status

    Scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 10 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map