West Highland Flora

Grey Willow


Salix cinerea ssp oleifolia

Other names: S atrocinerea, S cinerea ssp atrocinerea, Grey Sallow

Salix cinerea ssp oleifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
25 Sep 2001 Portree, Skye

Frequent beside rivers and streams and in damp woodland where not too shady.

Leaves generally 3-7 cm long.

ID: Leaves have rust-coloured hairs on veins below (may also have white ones).  Most leaves 2-4 times as long as broad.

Other features: Catkins flower Mar-Apr.  A large shrub or small tree.  Stipules usually less than 3 mm, much smaller than those of Eared Willow.  Young leaves have reddish hairs all over on their top side.

Frequently hybridises with Eared Willow.  The hybrid is fertile and many S cinerea specimens  show some degree of introgression.  Also hybridises commonly with Goat Willow.

 

  Salix cinerea ssp oleifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
25 Sep 2001 Portree, Skye

 

 

Salix cinerea ssp oleifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Jul 2003 Portree, Skye
Reversed leaf 1.9 cm across at widest

 

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