White Willow - Salix alba

    Description

    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.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Damp habitats.

    When to see it

    Catkins April and May.

    Life History

    Deciduous. It is often often planted.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent throughout Britain except in north-west Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 388 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map