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Salix helvetica

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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Native to the Alps, Salix helvetica is a dwarf willow with a compact rounded habit, lovely silvery leaves and greyish-white catkins in early spring. A very hardy plant, this small shrub is an excellent choice for a rockery or scree garden.

Supplied Size: 3L containers

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Salix helvetica | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Salix helvetica | 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.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Rate of Growth: Very slow.
Habit: Salix helvetica grows to be a small, rounded shrub.
Height: 1 m (3 ft)
Spread: 1 m (3 ft)

Notes: Salix helvetica is very suitable for windy, coastal gardens.

Plant Finder: about Salix helvetica

Common names

Swiss willow, Willow


Salix helvetica (Swiss willow). This is a dense shrub with a soft grey down on the younger stems. The foliage is narrow and bright silver which becomes grey-green on top but will remain white underneath.


They will require cool, moist soil with sun or partial-shade. These frost-hardy plants do best in areas with clearly defined seasons. Propagate from seed, cuttings in summer, or by layering. 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)
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterMoist

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