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Mystery tree/s (added via Android)

Observed: 8th June 2013 By: Cosmo
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This is a tree in my garden, nobody knows what it is! Seems to be half/2 kinds of willow! It has one trunk, then has a tangle of branches, some turn into 'weeping' branches with paler leaves and small greeny catkins, and some grow straight up with darker shiny leaves, a couple of months ago the straight up branches had white and yellow fuzzy catkins. Any ideas?

    Likely ID
    Weeping Purple Willow (Salix purpurea 'Pendula')
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
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lavateraguy's picture

Some kind of willow

At a guess it is some sort of weeping willow (not Kilmarnock willow, but not necessarily one of the classic weeping willows either) which has either partially reverted to the wild-type, or which is grafted, and the root stock has started to take over.

It's being heavily pruned in the past, and that might explain the mixture of slender and robust branches, but the two different types of leaf does suggest grafting is involved.

The branches with paler leaves might be something like Salix purpurea, but this is outside my experience of willows.

steve_t's picture

Salix purpurea

lavateraguy is correct the paler leaves are Salix purpurea, but it is the weeping form 'Pendula'. It is commonly propagated by grafting on to an upright stock plant, in this case it look as though a different Salix species was used rather than the normal form of S. purpurea. If you want to keep the plant in its intended form you need to prune out all of the growth with the shiny green leaves back to the main stem.

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Ah thank you! Unfortunately

Ah thank you! Unfortunately it might have to come down as quite close to my house, and replaced with something a bit smaller and evergreen as next to a pond! Suggestions gratefully received!

spins's picture

Different willows on show

One of them is S. purpurea (absolutely sure). The bigger, broader leaved is a hybrid between S. caprea and S. viminalis (S. x smithiana), almost certainly.