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Salix triandra - Noire de Villaine

Here are two pictures of Salix triandra, Noire de Villaine showing the plant in July.

Noire de Villaine Salix triandra

Picture of Salix triandra

Noire de Villaine Salix triandra

Close up picture of Salix triandra

JPR Environmental is happy for you to download and copy these images for your own use should you want. However,  we would ask you to credit us as the source of the image.


Salix triandra is a small, bushy tree or robust, spreading shrub that reaches 10m in height. The bark of the Almond willow is smooth and dark grey but it flakes off in large irregular patches to expose a reddish-brown under layer. The twigs are a lustrous olive-brown, glabrous and often angled or ridged.

The leaves of Salix triandra are lanceolate, oblong-lanceolate or narrowly elliptic and between 4 and 11 cm long and 1-3 cm wide. They are regularly serrated and dark green above and green below.

Catkins appear with or a little before the leaves in April and May and sporadically throughout the summer. Male catkins are yellow, narrowly cylindrical and between 2.5-5cm long and 0.3-1.2 cm wide. Female catkins are shorter and denser than the male.

Almond willow is one of the most attractive and fragrant willow and is being used more frequently as a garden shrub.

The twigs have a pleasant flavour of rose-water when chewed.


Salix triandra is locally abundant in wet ground to the south and east of a line from the Humber and Severn estuaries and fairly frequent throughout England. It appears in a number of varieties, we grow Noire de Villaine at our coppice in Gloucestershire, and is extensively used in basket making. The species is not native to Ireland and has little claim to be indigenous to Scotland and Wales.

Attempts to make infraspecific classifications have proved difficult and Almond willow is just as varied in the UK as elsewhere in Europe and Asia.

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