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Grey Willow

Salix cinerea

Plant Data

Order:
Malpighiales
Family:
Salicaceae (Willow)
Type:
Deciduous tree
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Silver, no petals
 
This tree is sometimes called the 'Pussy Willow' after its fluffy silver male catkins which it bears. Male catkins are roundish, later turning from silver to yellow. Female catkins are green.
Fruit:
After wind pollination has taken place, the female catkins develop into seeds. The woolly seeds reach maturity between April and June.
Leaves:
A deciduous shrub. The leaves are spirally arranged along the stems. The margins of the leaves are round-toothed. Individual leaves can grow anything up to 9cm in length and 3cm wide. The undersides of the leaves are paler than above and densely hairy with yellowish-brown hairs. Large stipules are present at the leaf bases.
Maximum Size:
10 metres tall
Other Names:
Great Sallow.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Bogs, ditches, farmland, fens, heathland, marshes, meadows, mountains, riversides, wasteland, waterside, wetland, woodland.