A rare British native 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