Salix lanata

Woolly willow

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Plant type

Native shrub

Flower colour



Colourful bark, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Geoff Kidd, copyright GAP Photos (138345)

Plant details

This is a dwarf, compact, very twiggy willow from Northern Europe which has silver-grey, felty-looking leaves. In late spring, after the foliage has emerged, small, upright, golden yellow, catkins are produced. The winter twigs are greenish to straw-coloured with distinctive buds and add interest to the winter garden. It is an excellent plant to use in the border or even at the back of an alpine bed. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Salicaceae

Genus: Salix

Species: lanata

Plant type: Native shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Silver

Feature: Colourful bark, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 100cm

Spread: 150cm

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