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Salix aegyptiaca

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A beautiful species of willow native to parts of North Africa and Asia, Salix aegyptiaca has exciting, large, bright-yellow catkins which give a vivid display of colour in early spring. The branchlets retain dense silver-grey down for up to two years, with the leaves themselves an attractive grey-green. An excellent choice of willow for pretty spring catkins.

Supplied Size: 3L conainers (30 - 40 cm tall)

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Salix aegyptiaca | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Salix aegyptiaca | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or partial shade.
Soil: Any fertile soil. Salix aegyptiaca enjoys damp or wet soils but generally does not enjoy shallow, chalky soils.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Rate of Growth: Vigorous.
Habit: Large, branching shrub with a rounded habit if left unpruned.
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)

Notes: Salix aegyptiaca makes an effective garden plant if pruned back to 30 cm (1 ft) above the ground each spring or every two years before coming into leaf. This reduces the end size and encourages it to produce vigorous arching stems covered with catkins in spring

Plant Finder: about Salix aegyptiaca

Common names



Salix aegyptiaca (Willow). This species is a bushy tree which is strong growing with red-purple shoots and oblong, dark green toothed leaves about 15cm long, with a hairy underside. It will bear fragrant grey catkins in the early spring.


They will require cool, moist soil with sun or partial-shade. These frost-hardy plants do best in areas with clearly defined seasons. They are prone to attack by caterpillars, aphids and gall mites and canker-causing fungal diseases.

Interest and use

Grown for their habit, foliage, catkins and, in some cases, colourful winter shoots. Suitable for coastal conditions. Attracts butterflies

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  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterMoist

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