Salix repens

Creeping willow

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Plant type

Native shrub

Flower colour






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Plant details

Creeping willow, Salix repens, has slender branches, grey-green to mid-green leaves and an open spreading habit. From mid to late spring, rich golden catkins are produced on bare branches. It is possible to use creeping willow as an alternative to woolly willow, in alpine beds or rock gardens, as it is a more prostrate species. It only grows to around 60cm (2ft) tall but, for small rock gardens, it can be pruned in late winter or early spring. Plants are native to Europe.

Family: Salicaceae

Genus: Salix

Species: repens

Plant type: Native shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 90cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to prune: February to March

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