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Mystery shrub seedlings

Observed: 26th May 2010 By: mossylog
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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New leaves tinged reddish, silvery down on them, leaflets beneath each leaf, stems reddish brown. A few have self seeded round my pond, but can't recognise it as anything from my garden

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Species with which Willow (Salix) interacts


spins's picture

Difficult one

but it sure is not S. purpurea nor Salix viminalis

lavateraguy's picture

I'd say ...

S. caprea or S. x reichardtii; I've noticed that young S. caprea do have these prominent stipules (which had led me into misidentifying them as S. aurita), but the leaves look rather too narrow for S. caprea.

spins's picture

Hi there

Presence/lack of stipules is a much overstated and overestimated feature in Salix (and this causes misidentification all too often). S. caprea is a good option, but it looks somewhat unusual. Very young willows tend to be hard to ID.