schwerinii = Fritz Kurt Alexander von Schwerin
(1847–1925) German Botanist
sometimes incorrectly listed as Salix kinuyanagi
USES: large, free flowering tree; cut stems; ornamental tree; coarse basketry and living structures (one of the best); biomass.
NB: I saw a weeping form of Salix schwerinii ('Pendula') in Finland 2017, unfortunatly I could not bring cuttings back with me!
A nursery row of S. schwerinii showing long straight rods.
Silver pussies are produced in great abundance on the long brown downy stems. (internet photo)
below: Schwerinii produces upright stems dotted with flowers early in the year.
Schwerinii is one of the most vigorous Willows we grow. It never has a bad year for rod production!
Produces masses of little flowers that are not too showy. Someone ought to hybridize this with a showier variety!
Long narrow green leaves that are silver underneath. The plant at left is not wilting, that's just the way the young growth starts. Stems are downy gray at first, later brown.
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The long narrow foliage is most attractive and silver underneath!
Schwerinii blossoms so early that the opening buds are sometimes frozen and do not develop into full sized female catkins. 2105 was an exception! Mid-May.
In Autumn the long leaves turn golden yellow and make quite a show in mid-October.
Super-vigorous growth and the first willow to produce vegetative growth in the spring.
Most years it produces 12-15ft rods.
Mid-June and the leaves are expanding quickly, dark green on top and with silver hairs underneath.
The edges of the leaves are slightly rolled down. Shown on 1/4in graph paper for scale.
These stems are 12-14ft tall. Dazzles in late October.