White Willow - Salix alba
Spreading silvery grey tree to 25 metres. Leaves lanceolate, pointed, silky when young and silky beneath at maturity, shallowly toothed. Catkins borne with the leaves, the male yellow, the female more slender and green.
Catkins April and May.
Deciduous. It is often often planted.
Fairly frequent throughout Britain except in north-west Scotland.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 388 of the 617 tetrads.
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