Salix 'Boydii'


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Plant type

Deciduous shrub



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photo by Adrian Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (26086)

Plant details

This is a wild hybrid between S. lapponum, the small Downy willow, and S. reticulata, a dwarf prostrate species which makes dense mats of tiny growth. It was found only once in the wild, in the 1870s, and has not grown larger than 90cm (3ft) in cultivation. It is usually very much less, slow-growing and expanding almost imperceptibly into a dense bush of gnarled hairy stems, covered with round grey-green leaves and making a perfect miniature shrub for sinks, troughs and small rock gardens. Although male, it rarely produces catkins. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Saliaceae

Genus: Salix

Cultivar: Boydii

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Foliage colour: Grey

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 30cm

Spread: 20cm

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