Rusty Willow - Salix cinerea subsp. oleifolia

    Alt Name
    Rusty Sallow

    Related to and similar to Grey Willow but often taller, 10 to 15 metres, and often distinguishable by leaves being rusty with hairs beneath.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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


    Damp habitats, marsh areas, water margins.

    When to see it

    Catkins April to May.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 169 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