About this cultivar:
Salix lanata is a hardy, deciduous shrub with hairy, silvery-green, oval leaves which have wavy margins. It has a compact, rounded growth habit with white, woolly young branches which thicken as they mature. Erect, golden-yellow male catkins appear between May and June and are followed by small seeds in July. It can tolerate strong winds but not salty maritime exposure. Commonly called 'the woolly willow'!
- Position: Full sun, partial shade
- Soil: Almost any soil, grows well in Ballyrobert
- Flowers: May, June
- Other features: --
- Hardiness: Fully hardy, grows well in Ballyrobert
- Habit: Bushy
- Foliage: Deciduous
- Height: 60 - 90 cm (2 - 3 ft)
- Spread: 60 - 90 cm (2 - 3 ft)
- Time to full growth: 10 to 20 years
- Plant type: Shrub
- Colour: Green, white
- Goes well with: --
About this genus:
Salix (sa-liks), otherwise know as willows, sallow, and osier is a genus of around 400 species of deciduous trees and shrubs, found primarily on moist soils in cold and temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Salix is the Latin word for willow - probably originally from the Celtic, sal, near, and lis, water.
They grow just about anywhere! There is so much to say about this genus I'm not sure I'll even start. Any advice should really be species or cultivar specific.