About This Plant

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. Bay willows typically grow near water bodies and in wetland areas, thriving in moist soil conditions.

The Story


The leaves of Salix pentandra are lance-shaped or elliptical, with finely toothed margins. They are usually glossy green on the upper surface and paler underneath. The leaves have a characteristic bay-like scent when crushed, hence the common name “bay willow.”


This species is dioecious, meaning individual trees are either male or female. The flowers are small, inconspicuous, and appear in catkins in early spring before the leaves emerge. Male catkins are usually longer and more conspicuous than female catkins.
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