White Willow

Salix alba

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About

White Willow is a large willow tree found along riverbanks, around lakes and in wet woodland. Its flowers appear in spring and its male catkins are long and yellow.

How to identify

The White Willow can appear silvery-white due to the colour of its silky, narrow leaves. It has upswept branches and often leans. White Willow can be distinguished from Crack Willow by their shorter leaves which have hairy undersides.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many wetland nature reserves for the benefit of all kinds of wildlife, including trees such as willows. But these precious sites are under threat from development, drainage and climate change. You can help by supporting your local Trust and becoming a member; you'll find out about exciting wildlife happenings, events on your doorstep and volunteering opportunities, and be helping local wildlife along the way.

Species information

Common name
White Willow
Latin name
Salix alba
Category
Trees and shrubs
Statistics
Height: 20-25m
Conservation status
Common.