(05) White 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. 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 behind the fence is on private SES Water land so please stay on the footpath. Watch out for the lovely amber shoots in spring that give a golden glow, especially late in the afternoon when the sun is low. Willows love growing in the Fetcham Springs area as it is damp, there are many around the Mill Pond and along the footpath adjacent to the 'wetlands' running parallel to the railway track.

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