Bay Willow

Salix pentandra, commonly known as the bay willow or bay-leaved willow, is a deciduous tree native to Europe and western Asia. It is known for its distinctive, glossy, dark green leaves with a resemblance to bay leaves.

The Appearance

A medium-sized deciduous tree with a narrow, upright form and long, lance-shaped leaves that turn yellow in autumn. It produces small, inconspicuous flowers.


The Produce

The flowers are small, inconspicuous, and appear in catkins in early spring before the leaves emerge.


The Flowers

Produces small, inconspicuous flowers in spring.


The Leaves

They are usually glossy green on the upper surface and paler underneath.


The Bark

The bark is gray-brown and becomes deeply fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers moist, well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found along riverbanks and wetlands.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The leaves and bark offer food and shelter.


The Culture

Valued for its fast growth and ornamental foliage. Often planted for erosion control and windbreaks.


Fun Facts

Bay Willow is known for its ability to thrive in wet conditions and is often used in riparian restoration projects.

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