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Salix aegyptiaca

Willow

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Features

  • BloomsMarch
  • Height2m to 4m
  • Spread2m to 5m
  • Growth HabitBroad bushy
  • Flower ColourGrey
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

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.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Origin

Iran & Iraq

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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Needs

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

Cultivation

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.

Propagation

You can propagate from seeds, cuttings in the summer, or by layering.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Fungal diseases may cause canker. Willows may become infested with such pests as caterpillars, aphids and gall mites.

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