tree of the family Salicaceae (Poplar, Willow).
False willow - daphné - Salix daphnoides, salix acutifolia
Origin: Europe, Central Asia, Himalayas.
Height: 5-8 meters.
Shape: spread, breadth up to 10 metres.
Habitat: cool and rich soil in very humid, half-shade with full light.
Foliage: deciduous. Its leaves, finely toothed, are dark green and shining over and green blue on the underside. Stems are purple, pubescents and vigorous.
Flowers: The very precocious catkins appear before leaves. Flowers are appreciated by the honeybees.
Use: it is planted insulated or in group, to hold banks or slopes and to limit erosion. It is a decorative shrub, notably in winter when its stems will bring colour to the garden.
Willow with leaves of rosemary, Salix rosmarinifolia,
recognizable by its narrow leaves, 10 cm long.
(to the left)
Ash willow, Salix cinera: recognizable with its branching covered with white down.
Willow laurel, Salix pentandra, recognizable with its dark green, broad, oval leaves bright as on laurels; it is native to Central Europe and from Middle East.
Salix x chrysocoma, (" x " point out that it is an hybrid) recognizable by its golden branching; it can reach 20 m tall.
Salix matsuoda tortuosa, from China, recognizable by its branches and crooked stems; it can attain 12 m tall.