White Willow

The white willow, known as Salix alba, is a deciduous tree native to Europe and parts of Asia. It is recognized for its slender, lance-shaped leaves and flexible branches.

The Appearance

A large deciduous tree with a broad, rounded crown and long, slender leaves that are gray-green and silky beneath. It produces small, yellow catkins in spring.


The Produce

The tree produces small, cylindrical catkins in the spring before the leaves appear. These catkins are dioecious, meaning that male and female flowers are borne on separate trees.


The Flowers

Produces small, yellow catkins in spring.


The Leaves

They are usually about 5 to 10 centimetres long, with a slightly greyish-green hue on the upper surface and a lighter, silvery colour on the underside.


The Bark

The bark is gray and deeply fissured, becoming rough 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 timber, which is used in making cricket bats and other products. Often planted for erosion control.


Fun Facts

White Willow is known for its medicinal properties, with the bark historically used to create aspirin.

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