White Willow

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White Willow

 

(Salix alba), a tree of the family Salicaceae. Height of trunk, to 30 m ; diameter 1-1.5 m. The bark is dark gray with deep lengthwise fissures. The leaves are narrow and pointed, usually with silver edges. It blossoms in the spring.

The white willow grows along the banks of rivers and other bodies of water in the middle and southern zones of the European USSR and in the Caucusus, Western Siberia, and Middle Asia. In Transcaucasia and Middle Asia it is represented by special races, which are sometimes considered independent species. It is often cultivated. It reproduces on planting stakes.

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Among the smaller trees most suited to sandy coastal sites is the white willow Salix alba.
Willows such as Salix alba 'Chermesina' can be given the same treatment for the same reason.
For taller orange-red stems plant Salix alba Chermesina, then add a touch of silver with the variety Liempde or gold with Salix alba vitellina.
Salix alba varieties especially can be kept cut back so that they never become more than a few feet tall.
Along the Danube valley, Salix alba and Populus nigra can reach up to 40 m in height and 5-6 m in circumference in less than 100 years.