Salix Species

Botanical Name: Salix Species

Common Name(s): Osier, Willow

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Description:

A large genus in the willow (Salicaceae) family that consists of around 400 species, most from cold and temperate Northern Hemisphere regions. The genus consists of trees through to creeping shrublets , mostly deciduous, with leaves often lance-shaped and toothed. The small flowers usually insect-pollinated and are borne in a catkin, and male and female flowers often appear on separate trees. The capsular fruits contain wind-dispersed hairy seeds. Many willows are widely grown for their timber, used for basketry and cricket bats. The bark has been used medicinally, as it contains salicin, from wich aspirin is derived. They are valued ornamentally, particularly the weeping species, which are attractive when planted near water.

Family: Salicaceae

Synonym: –

Botanical Pronunciation: Salicaceae

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Non Indigenous
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Moderate Watering

Flowers

Description:
Salix species has small flowers usually insect-pollinated and are borne in a catkin, and male and female flowers often appear on separate trees.



Foliage

Description:
The leaves are often lance-shaped and toothed.



Fruit

Description:
The capsular fruits contain wind-dispersed hairy seeds.

 


Growth Rate
Fast
Origin

Northern Hemisphere regions.


Soil Conditions
Well drained
Uses

Many willows are widely grown for their timber, used for basketry and cricket bats. The bark has been used medicinally, as it contains salicin, from wich aspirin is derived.


Uses:: Cullinary: | Medicinal: yes | Cultural: yes | Commercial: ornamental plant | Cosmetics: | Other Uses: | Part Used: Bark | Attracts: | Features:
Uses in landscape design

They are valued ornamentally, particularly the weeping species, which are attractive when planted near water.


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