(-5) Willow

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  • Species
    • Willow
  • Botanical Name
    • Salix Alba
  • Location
    • On the right of the fence by the millpond
    • Grid Reference: TQ 15679, 56226
    • Latitude, Longitude: 51.293424, -0.34233407
    • What3 Words: tubes.crate.output
  • Identification
    • Most willows are shrubby but the white willow matures to become a large tree, as this one and . The bark is criss-crossed with ridges. The leaves are long, narrow and bluey-green. Trees are either male or female - female trees have green pendulous catkins while male catkins are green.
  • About this species
    • There are over 300 species of willow world-wide and many hybrids, making identification of willows difficult. The tree can also reproduce vegetatively and a small broken off twig will readily root and grow in damp ground. Willow was traditionally used for making baskets. It contains salicylic acid which in the past made it a popular remedy for aches and pains. It has since been synthesised as aspirin.
  • Local information
    • The tree is on private land so please stay on the footpath. There are other large willows nearby. Watch out for the lovely amber shoots in spring that give a golden glow, especially late in the afternoon when the sun is low.

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