Laurel willow (Salix pentandra)

Laurel willow Description: Introduced to North America as an ornamental tree.

Habit: Perennial, grows up to 25 ft tall, deciduous.

Leaves: Simple, alternate, toothed, lance-like to oblong, shiny dark green above, underside lighter green, not glaucous, occasional small stipules at base of blade.

Stems: Stiff; erect; green bark with a very rough texture.

Flowers: Dioecious, yellow in color, males have 5 stamens, arranged in a racemose catkin inflorescence.

Fruit and seeds: Seed pod, contains numerous seeds embedded in white down which aids wind dispersal.

Habitat: Native to Europe and central Asia. Found in swamps, bogs, woodlands.

Reproduction: By seed, bare root, or cuttings.

Similar species: Shining willow (Salix lucida).

Monitoring and rapid response: Top growth removal by mowing or cutting; effectively controlled using any of several readily available general use herbicides such as glyphosate or clopyralid.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the Plant Database UK, the Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium and the USDA PLANTS Database.

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Common Name:

Laurel willow

Scientific Name:

Salix pentandra







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