Salix elaeagnos (Rosemary Willow)

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Plant Overview

A rare British naturalised shrub/small tree with dark narrow, Rosemary-like leaves and with slender catkins in spring. Dark brown stems add winter interest. One of the best garden willows.

Grows to 10' but can easily be kept shorted with annual pollarding. Simply cut back to desired height in spring.

Will tolerate shade but for good catkin show, grow in Full Sun.

Awarded the RHS Award for Garden Merit. 

Shallow, Sallow. The Willow family. Attractive trees and shrubs, valuable for their colourful bark, elegant, often silvery leaves and decorative catkins in early spring. Salix vary widely in height, although even the tallest may be kept to a manageable size by pollarding or coppicing them in spring, after the catkin display. 

Willows enjoy a heavy soil but will grow in light soil if moist.

Common name(s): Rosemary Willow; Hoary Willow; Olive Willow.

Synonym: Salix elaeagnos subsp. angustifolia

Sold as a young tree in a 9x10cm pot.

All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.