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Salix phylicifolia - Tea-leaved Willow

Here are two pictures of Salix phylicifolia, Tea-leaved Willow.

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Picture of Salix phylicifolia in March

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Picture of Salix phylicifolia in July

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Salix phylicifolia is a robust, many branched shrub or small tree which generally grows to between 2 and 3 m high but which can reach 5m. The bark of Tea-leaved willow is greyish and lightly fissured and twigs are usually reddish-brown.

Leaves are rigid and coriaceous, they are bright shiny green above and glaucous below. They do not turn black on dying. Leaves are 2-6 cm long and 1-5cm wide and at first thinly pubescent soon becoming glabrous on both sides.

Catkins appear with the leaves in April and May. Males are yellow and between 1.5-4 cm long and 1-1.5 cm wide, females are a similar length but narrower tapering to a slender neck.


Salix phylicifolia is locally abundant on moist rocky ground, commonly on carboniferous limestone, from Lancashire and Yorkshire north to the Orkneys. It has been recorded from near sea-level up to 670m in the Highlands. Tea-leaved willow is very rare in Ireland being confined to the counties of Leitrim and Sligo.

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