White Willow

Salix alba

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White Willow is a large willow tree found along riverbanks, around lakes and in wet woodland. Its flowers appear in spring and its male catkins are long and yellow.

How to identify

The White Willow can appear silvery-white due to the colour of its silky, narrow leaves. It has upswept branches and often leans. White Willow can be distinguished from Crack Willow by their shorter leaves which have hairy undersides.

Where to find it



When to find it

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  • December

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many wetland nature reserves for the benefit of all kinds of wildlife, including trees such as willows. But these precious sites are under threat from development, drainage and climate change. You can help by supporting your local Trust and becoming a member; you'll find out about exciting wildlife happenings, events on your doorstep and volunteering opportunities, and be helping local wildlife along the way.

Species information

Common name
White Willow
Latin name
Salix alba
Trees and shrubs
Height: 20-25m
Conservation status