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Salix - Willows

Fast-growing and easy to grow, Salix (Willows) are deciduous shrubs and trees of diverse habit, ranging from small creeping alpines to huge stately trees. Ornamental specimen trees in large or small gardens, the dwarf and ground-hugging alpine varieties deserve a spot in the rock garden, while the weeping willows are charming near ponds and streams. The shrubby willows are valued for their vivid stems in the winter that range from copper red to bright yellow, others for their foliage or showy fuzzy catkins in the spring.


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Salix 'Golden Curls' (Willow)

Fast-growing, Salix 'Golden Curls' (Willow) is a large shrub or small tree of great ornamental value. Although the trunk and older branches are upright, forming an oval rounded crown, the younger branches weep gracefully downward, curling and twisting. Golden-yellow in winter and early spring, they mature to bronze-gold in summer.

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Salix alba 'Tristis' (White Willow)

A popular golden weeping willow, Salix alba 'Tristis' is a large deciduous tree boasting a stout trunk topped by a graceful open crown of pendulous, brilliant yellow twigs that kiss the ground. In spring and summer, it bears narrow, lanceolate, finely-toothed, bright green to dark green leaves. They turn golden-yellow in the fall

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Salix alba var. vitellina 'Britzensis' (Scarlet Willow)

Noted for its colorful stems and stunning winter display, Salix alba var. vitellina 'Britzensis' (Scarlet Willow) is a medium-sized deciduous tree, often grown as a multi-stemmed shrub. It sports bright, red to orange-red new stems that glow throughout winter, seeming to intensify as spring approaches.

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Salix alba var. vitellina 'Golden Ness' (Golden Willow)

Noted for its colorful stems and stunning winter display, Salix alba var. vitellina 'Golden Ness' (Golden Willow) is a medium-sized deciduous tree, often grown as a multi-stemmed shrub. It sports bright, golden-yellow new stems that glow throughout winter, and make a great splash of excitement in the landscape. In spring and summer, it bears narrow, lanceolate, finely-toothed leaves that usually turn yellow in the fall, before falling to the ground and revealing the spectacular stems. A great addition to the winter garden.

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Salix alba var. vitellina 'Yelverton' (Golden Willow)

Noted for its colorful stems and stunning winter display, Salix alba var. vitellina 'Yelverton' (Golden Willow) is a deciduous tree, often grown as a multi-stemmed shrub. It sports bright, reddish-orange and yellow-orange new stems that are particularly noticeable and pretty in winter.

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Salix babylonica (Weeping Willow)

A popular lawn tree, Salix babylonica (Weeping Willow) is a medium to large deciduous tree boasting a stout trunk topped by a graceful open crown of branches that sweep downward to the ground. In spring and summer, it bears narrow, lanceolate, finely-toothed, light green leaves above, grayish-green beneath.

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Salix babylonica var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa' (Corkscrew Willow)

Very fast-growing, Salix babylonica var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa' (Corkscrew Willow) is a medium-sized deciduous tree of upright spreading habit, noted for its amazing spirally contorted twigs and branches. The foliage of narrow leaves, up to 4 in. long (10 cm), is also twisted.

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Salix caprea (Pussy Willow)

Salix caprea (Pussy Willow) is a rounded large shrub or small deciduous tree boasting broadly elliptic dark green leaves adorned with a felty coating of fine gray hairs underneath. Before the foliage emerges in late winter or early spring, male trees produce a showy display of fat, silky, pinkish gray catkins, 1-2 in. long (2-5 cm), which become yellow when ripe with pollen.

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Salix discolor (Pussy Willow)

Salix discolor (Pussy Willow) is a rounded large shrub or small deciduous tree boasting broadly elliptic bright green leaves adorned with bluish undersides. Before the foliage emerges in late winter or early spring, male trees produce a showy display of silky, pearl gray catkins, 1.5 in. long (3 cm), along their red-brown stems.

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Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys' (Black Pussy Willow)

Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys' (Black Pussy Willow) is a bushy deciduous shrub boasting rich purple-black winter stems covered with a profusion of showy deep purple-black catkins adorned with red anthers. The anthers will later turn yellow as they mature.

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Salix gracilistyla 'Mount Aso' (Japanese Pink Pussy Willow)

Salix gracilistyla 'Mount Aso' (Japanese Pink Pussy Willow) is a bushy deciduous shrub boasting a profusion of fuzzy rosy-pink catkins, 1 in. long (2.5 cm). They gradually expand to 2 in. long (5 cm), as they mature, turning silvery gray before covering themselves in yellow pollen.

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Salix gracilistyla (Rose-Gold Pussy Willow)

Salix gracilistyla (Rose-Gold Pussy Willow) is a bushy deciduous shrub boasting plump, furry, gray catkins, 1 in. long (2.5 cm), adorned with many stamens sporting rose and gold anthers. Produced by male plants, they are on display in early spring before the foliage emerges.

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Salix integra 'Hakuro-Nishiki' (Dappled Willow)

Attracting the eye with its bright, showy colors, Salix integra 'Hakuro-Nishiki' (Dappled Willow) is a deciduous shrub or small tree of great beauty.

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