Salix x meyeriana
(pentandra x euxina)
Hybrid Bay or Laurel Willow is a natural hybrid between two willows native to Europe and the Caucasus. This makes a magnificent 60 x 40ft tree with very large, attractive, very shiny, dark leaves reminiscent of Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus). It can be kept smaller with coppicing or heavy pruning. As broad-leaved evergreens are rare in Northern Vermont, this can perform the same function as Cherry Laurel; even if it is just in summer. The foliage is one of the most attractive of all willows. Ours is a male selection with showy catkins that came misidentified as Salix lucida; the Hybrid Bay Willow has much larger and shinier leaves than the native Shiny Willow, especially when coppiced! The name was changed from S. pentandra as the twigs are very brittle, whereas S. pentandra are not. (check out the video on the S. x meyeriana 'Silver Lake' page)!
It is possibly that this is one of two cultivars 'American Green' or 'Lumley' that were introduced at the same time as 'Patent Lumley' (next page), so I'm researching this. This is the reference I found:
The Cultivation of Osiers and Willows by William Paulgrave Ellmore, 1919. page 47
USES: A great specimen plant for a large garden, useful for large hedges and dense screens; living structures and coarse basketry; can be coppiced and pollarded.
The Wonderful World of Willows
Vermont Willow Nursery
$12.50 per bundle of 5
Even though S. x meyeriana is not a native it has a wide distribution
in northern North America
Species present, not rare
Here's S. x meyeriana in the nursery looking wind-blown after I coppiced the plants around it. This is a vigorous willow.
Beautiful catkins, handsome foliage; what more could one want?
An intimate look at the male catkin.
Handsome glossy foliage, leaves up to 5in long.
Name changed from
A young plant in the nursery showing the glossy long leaves. One of the handsomest willows we grow!