An excellent and unusual dwarf, creeping willow, ideal for growing over rocks etc. It forms mats of orangy-brown woody stems with attractive reddish-brown buds in early spring, soon followed by little red catkins. These in turn develop fluffy seeds and in dry weather look like tufts of cotton wool. Leaves are a glossy green and as they turn yellow in autumn they smell strongly of honey.
A really interesting plant, whatever the season.
Synonym: Salix hylematica
Common name(s): Dwarf willow
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.