Salix interior x eriocephala
interior = inner
erio = wooly, cephala = head
referring to the female flowers when the fruit is ripe
Salix interior forms natural hybrids with S. eriocephala. Controlled pollinations using Salix interior from Southern Ontario (A. Mosseler 1990, New Brunswick, Canada) successfully produced F1 hybrids with S. eriocephala; this is one of the progeny. We received cuttings of this hybrid from Salix Master Extraordinaire, George Argus of Ontario. It is a male selection and grows lustily and there are no signs of it spreading as does S. interior. It has elegant leaves and makes a tall slender plant. Like S. eriocephala it has stipules at the base of the leaves, whereas S. interior does not.
USES: ornamental shrub, basketry. With parents like these it should be great for erosion control and phytoremediation (cleaning up poisoned soil). Willows have a great ability to take poisons out of the soil and neutralize them.
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The Wonderful World of Willows
Vermont Willow Nursery
$12.50 per bundle of 5
This is the plant in George Argus's garden from which I took my cuttings. It was growing in some shade, with lots of competition from native plants. Late-July.
Above are shoots from plants in the rich soil of of nursery in full sun showing larger leaves and more vigour. Underside of the leaves at right. Mid-September.
Above are shoots from the plant in George's garden in shade showing narrower leaves
and less vigour. Underside of the leaves at right.
Our plants flowered for the first time in 2016 and turned out to be male. Late May.
Stems turn green-brown as they age.
Bright yellow fall color! Mid-September.
Stems turn in early fall are surprisingly hairy.
Bright yellow fall color! Late October, with fall color blazing away in the hill behind.
In Autumn the new growth is covered with silver hairs on the stems...
and on the leaves!
Here are next years flower buds with the curled back bud scales. Pixie-eared stipules on either side of the base of the leaf petioles. Late-October.
Undersides of the leaves are green with no hairs.