Salix myrsinifolia

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(Black-stemmed Willow) Native to parts of Europe including the United Kingdom, Salix myrsinifolia is grown primarily for its shining, ebony coloured, bare stems which are visible throughout the winter.

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Native to parts of Europe including the United Kingdom, Salix myrsinifolia is grown primarily for its shining, ebony coloured, bare stems which are visible throughout the winter.

Lovely dark stem colours, especially when planted in groups near brightly coloured winter stemmed Salix such as Salix 'Golden Ness'

The leaves are dark green and in spring, attractive catkins with golden anthers appear on the branches. The winter stems are especially ornamental and colourful if this plant is pruned back hard annually in spring (just after the catkins fall) to encourage vigorous new shoots.


  • Position: Full sun or partial shade.
  • Soil: Any fertile soil. Salix myrsinifolia enjoys damp or wet soils.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Rate of Growth: Vigorous.
  • Habit: Salix myrsinifolia grows to be a large branching shrub if left unpruned.
    • Height: 4 m (13 ft) or up to 1.5 m (6 ft) if coppiced yearly.
    • Spread: 4 m (13 ft) or 1.5 m (5 ft) if coppiced yearly.
  • Notes: This plant was formerly known as Salix nigricans

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun, Partial or Dappled Shade
Mature Size
Shrub - Large (over 10 ft tall)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Damp / Wet, Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy), Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Chalky / Alkaline, Soil Type: Dry / Sandy
Special Features
Ornamental Bark / Colourful Winter Stems

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