Bay Willow - Salix pentandra
It is a large shrub or small tree growing to 14 metres tall. The leaves are glossy dark green, 5-12 cm long and 2-5 cm broad, with a finely serrated margin. The flowers are catkins, produced in late spring after the leaves; the male catkins are yellow, 2-5 cm long, the female catkins greenish, 1.5-3 cm long; The fruit is a small capsule containing numerous minute seeds embedded in white down which aids wind dispersal.
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Usually grows near water, often in wet, boggy ground.
Flowers May and June
Deciduous. The flowers are pollinated by bees.
Fairly frequent in Britain, but not one of the more common Willows. It is not as well represented in southern England south of a line from the Wash to the Severn estuary.
Sarce in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 1 of the 617 tetrads.
It is on the local VC55 Rare Plant Register
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