cinerea - Grey Sallow
Here are two pictures of Salix cinerea, Grey Sallow showing
the growth in April and July.
Picture of Salix cinerea in April
Close up picture of Salix cinerea in April
Close up picture of Salix cinerea in July
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Salix cinerea is a tall shrub or small
tree which is usually less than 10m high. It is generally much branched
from the base but can sometimes be found with a distinct trunk.
Branches spread to form a broad, rounded or flattened crown. Grey
Sallow has dark grey-brown bark which becomes fissured with age.
The twigs are dark reddish-brown which are densely pubescent at
first and can remain so for the first year before becoming glabrous
The leaves of Salix cinerea are very varied,
usually obovate or broadly oblanceolate, 2-9cm long and 1-3cm wide.
They are dull grey-green and pubescent above and ash grey below.
Catkins appear in advance of the leaves in March
and April and are cylindrical and 2-3cm long and 0.6-1cm wide. Female
catkins are smaller and narrower than the male.
a wide distribution in the fenlands of southern and eastern Britain.
The limits of the distribution of Grey Sallow are not know at present
though they are found in Scotland, the Isle of Man and Northern
Ireland. It is found in base-rich fens and marshes at low altitude.