Olive Willow - Salix elaeagnos


    A bushy shrub with very narrow, linear leaves which are grey-hairy when young, becoming dark green above and whitish below. Slender catkins open with the leaves in early spring.

    Similar Species

    Similar to Salix viminalis.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


    Planted as a garden shrub and occasionally escaping into the wild.

    When to see it

    Flowering in April and early May.

    Life History

    Deciduous shrub.

    UK Status

    Widespread scattered records in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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