(Sandbar Willow) Salix irrorata is an unusual species of willow can be found growing in the wild in parts of South-western America and has a lovely silvery-white "bloom" on the young stems.
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Salix irrorata is an unusual species of willow can be found growing in the wild in parts of South-western America and has a lovely silvery-white "bloom" on the young stems. The stem colour is similar to that of Salix acutifolia 'Blue Streak', although less blue.
Established plants have masses of pretty golden catkins on the branches before the leaves appear in spring. Salix irrorata benefits from annual hard pruning in spring and here in Derbyshire although it does not mind damp soils, seems to prefer a well drained position with plenty of sunlight.
- Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
- Soil: Most fertile soil. Salix irrorata enjoys damp but reasonably well drained soil for preference.
- Hardiness: Hardy.
- Rate of Growth: Moderate to vigorous.
- Habit: Salix irrorata grows to be a large branching shrub or eventually a small tree if left to its own devices. It can be cut back hard each year to reduce the size and give a better catkin display.
- Height: up to 5 - 6 m (16 - 20 ft) / if pruned yearly, up to 2 m (6 ft)
- Spread: 3 - 4 m (10 - 13 ft) / if pruned yearly, up to 1.5 m (5 ft)
- Notes: Salix irrorata has a reasonably vigorous root system and usually should not be planted to close to buildings or drains as the roots can cause damage to foundations.
- How Much Sun
- Partial or Dappled Shade, Full Sun
- Mature Size
- Tree - Small (under 20 ft tall), Shrub - Large (over 10 ft tall)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil Type: Dry / Sandy, Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy), Soil Type: Damp / Wet, Special: Windy & Exposed, Special: Coastal Areas
- Special Features
- Catkins, Ornamental Bark / Colourful Winter Stems
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