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Willow, Salix

Observed: 28th April 2013 By: Paul RobertsPaul Roberts’s reputation in PlantsPaul Roberts’s reputation in PlantsPaul Roberts’s reputation in PlantsPaul Roberts’s reputation in Plants

Our biodiversity report for this wood shows Rusty willow, Salix cinerea subsp. oleifolia. The last management plan gives Goat willow, Salix caprea, but no Rusty willow. (Both also include Salix fragilis but I don't think its this). It looks like Goat willow to me but I have very little knowledge on this subject. Very grateful for any hints on how to distinguish.

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Rusty willow

I would call this grey willow. It has rusty hairs along with greyish ones on the undersides of the leaves. It's also ridged under the bark, you sort of peel it back on a twig.

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Rusty Willow

Thanks very much landgirl, that's really helpful. I'm back there hopefully today and I'll take a closer look at both those things... On which basis I'll probably add Salix cinerea as an Id. Thanks, Paul

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Grey Willow

I tried peeling back the bark on a twig, fibrous yes but whether it was ridged I could not really tell. Rusty hairs elusive too. However, strongly suspect you are right. Added new id, with some id notes based on Collins Complete Guide to British Trees. Thanks, P