Salix Cinerea


Spreading, deciduous shrub or small tree with densely hairy young shoots, spirally arranged, glossy, oblong to ovate, dark grey-green leaves, hairy beneath, and, borne on separate plants, silvery-yellow male catkins and grey-green female catkins in early spring before or as the leaves emerge.


Grow in moist or wet, acid or neutral soil in full sun. Tolerates strong winds, except in coastal areas. Does not like chalk. Male and female plants must be grown together if seed is required.


General Shrub Planting and care

  • Water the pot thoroughly and allow to drain fully.
  • If the Shrub is being planted in a lawn remove a circle of turf.
  • Dig a hole twice the size of the pot being planted and fork over the base. Adding a bucketful of planting compost.
  • Remove the pot gently, if well rooted cut off the pot.
  • Position used. Ensure that the top of the Root ball is level with the surrounding soil.
  • Replace the remaining soil and heel in, water the Shrub and area thoroughly.
  • Water regular until Shrub is established.
  • Apply some general fertiliser every spring.