Almond Willow - Salix triandra


A robust spreading shrub or small bushy tree to 10 metres. Bark flaking in large irregular patches, to expose a reddish brown under layer. Leaves, lanceolate, regularly and conspicuously serrate edged. Stipules often large and persistent. Catkins appearing with, or a little in advance of the leaves, erect on short leafy shoots. Male catkins narrowly cylindrical, 2.5 to 5 cm long and 0.3 to 1.2 cm wide, dense flowered, showy and fragrant, uniformly pale yellow. Female catkins usually rather shorter and denser than the male.

Identification difficulty
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Wet ditch banks, marshy areas.

When to see it

Catkins April and May.

Life History


UK Status

Local and occasional, mainly south of a line from the Humber to the Severn.

VC55 Status

Scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland. Some populations may be remnants of plant introduced into or cultvated as osier beds; its status is hard to determine.

In the Flora of Leicestershire (Primavesi and Evans 1988) it was found in 37 of the 617 tetrads, and in 6 tetrads in the Flora of Rutland (Messenger 1971).

It is listed on the current VC55 Rare Plant Register (Hall and Woodward 2022) as Locally Scarce (i.e. present in 4-10 sites)

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Common names
Almond Willow
Species group:
Trees, Shrubs & Climbers
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
23/04/2008 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
10/08/2017 (Calow, Graham)

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