Salix myrsinifolia ‘Blackskin’

myrsinifolia = nigricans = myrsine-leaf willow

Blackskin Willow

Previously listed as S. glabra 'Blackskin', which is incorrect! This is a choice 6-10ft ornamental shrub that I am now convinced is a selection (or hybrid) of the much larger S. myrsinifolia a native to the Eastern European Alps and the UK. ‘Blackskin’ is a selection with shiny black stems and attractive dark green foliage. This is a great willow for a modest garden as it remains compact. A female selection that makes a very attractive specimen in a garden. We coppice ours every year and recommend that for gardeners. It produces long thin stems that are great for fine basketry and adds black to any design.

We have created a fedge with this variety beside our house so we can enjoy the attractive foliage in summer and shiny black stems in winter. Hardy Zone 4. Dried rod color: black

USES: ornamental shrub, outstanding in a winter garden especially when mixed with yellow-stemmed varieties; also use in fedges, borders, by pools or ponds; when coppiced it is a very useful basket willow as it keeps its black color when dried; provides great cut stems for winter displays.

The aptly named ‘Blackskin’ flouting its shiny black stems against

the golden stems of S. xfragilis ‘Basfordiana’ in late March.

Foliage in mid-summer, with the stipules at the base of the leaf petioles turning yellow

in contrast to the reddish stem that will turn black as the growing season winds down.  

A female catkin in mid-summer on the fedge by the shop/shipping room.

A diamond pattern Fedge planted in April 2012 and seen here in July.

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March 8ft, black and white at it's finest.

These are the blackest stems of all willows that we have met!

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Both sides of an individual leaf that shows the contrast between the sides,

notice also the stipules clasping the stems at the base of the leaf petiole.

A late September intimate photo of a red flower bud in the axil of a leaf, with a pair of large stipules on either side of the stem. Note the red petiole of the leaf covered in short hairs, as is the tip of the bus.