Irish wildflowers sitemap More: Trees

Creeping Willow
Salix repens
Saileach reatha
Family: Salicaceae

Deciduous bush or small shrub. Native. Flowering: April-May.

Short catkins on leafy stalks. The small pinky-crimson fruit are
covered in white hairs. Small oval leaves, pointed, usually
un-toothed with silky white hairs on undersides. Creeping and erect stems. Height: Prostrate forms to 50cm, erect forms to 1.5m.

Prostrate form found on coastal dunes and heaths, inland on moorland. Most frequent in N, W and SW Ireland. Native.

Salix repens ssp. fusca is found in fens.
S. repens ssp. argentea, hairs on both sides of leaves.


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