daphnoides - Violet Willow
Here are two pictures of Salix daphnoides, Violet Willow.
Picture of Salix daphnoides in March
Picture of Salix daphnoides in June
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Salix daphnoides is a large shrub or small
tree which grows to between 6 and 8m, and occasionally to 12m. It
has a rounded crown with erect or spreading branches.
The bark is smooth and grey and its twigs, when young, are
generally pruinose with a dense glaucous bloom becoming glabrous,
lustrous and dark reddish-brown, when older.
The leaves of Violet willow are oblong or narrowly
obovate, 7-12 cm long and 2-3 cm wide. At first they are thinly
woolly but soon become glabrous, dark green and lustrous above and
Catkins appear before the leaves in February
and March and are short, cylindrical and dense about 2-4 cm long
and 0.8-1.8 cm wide. Female catkins are shorter and less decorative
than the males.
Salix daphnoides, although widely planted,
is seldom seen far from houses or gardens, and cannot be considered
a native or even a naturalised species, though it has been given
a place in the British plant list for a long time.
Closely allied to Salix daphnoides is
Salix acutifolia which some consider to be a subspecies.
Salix acutifolia is also found in gardens but is not common.