Salix hastata 'Wehrhahnii' AGM



Habitat: sun or part shade


Soil: acidic


Height: 1 m


Flowering: catkins in early spring


Width: 1.0 m



Willows are often large trees, but these are dwarf plants, found on open mountains or in damp places, and well suited for cool places in a rock garden or in other places in the garden that do not dry out. Some spread outwards, rooting as they go, and if they go beyond their planned space, lift the shoots from the end, and cut them back.

Salix hastata 'Wehrhahnii' is a lovely semi-dwarf willow, with beautiful greyish-white catkins, of course covered with yellow pollen when fully in flower, which is in late winter or early spring.
3 litre pot £10.00

Salix - some other suggestions
invisible.gif Salix 'Boydii' is named after Dr William Boyd, who found two plants in the Angus hills that have never been located again. This one (the other is the remarkably compact Sagina boydii) is a very dwarf willow, which has the structure of a tree, but comfortably fits into a trough or a raised bed. It is probably a hybrid of Salix lanata and S. reticulata, and has softly hairy, grey-green leaves, like the first of these, but is as dwarf as the second. It is hard to come by, as it is slow-growing, and can only be propagated by cuttings, all derived from that original collection.
invisible.gif Salix caprea x lapponum is a lovely natural hybrid dwarf willow that was found in Scotland. It is always difficult to be sure of their parentage, but the plants selected for propagation (many of them at Ness Gardens) are good garden plants, flourishing in damp places.
salix_ck8_95a.jpg Salix 'Coire Kander' is an beautiful dwarf willow that we were given, and which has done very well in the garden. It makes a neat shrub, not spreading laterally, with small, softly hairy leaves, and silvery catkins in spring. It was found in Coire Kander in the southern Cairngorm mountains in Scotland, and is probably a hybrid, perhaps of Salix lanata and some as yet unidentified species.
salix_hylematica.jpg Salix fragilis var. furcata is an attractive dwarf willow for a damp spot on a rock garden or a peat / leaf-mould bed. It has long, tough, totally prostrate stems, layering frequently, with small, round, dark green leaves, and loads of red catkins.
salix_lanata.jpg Salix lanata is a rounded, compact (but not really dwarf) deciduous shrub, with woolly hairy shoots and silvery grey leaves. In spring it has yellow catkins, but it is grown primarily for its overall appearance, giving structure throughout the summer months.
salix_lapponum_compact_form.jpg Salix lapponum compact is an attractive dwarf willow with small, silkily hairy leaves, and making a gently spreading mat. The silvery catkins fit well with the overall silvery appearance.
invisible.gif Salix nakamurana var. yezoalpina is a creeping alpine willow, which sends its stems spreading, eventually widely, close to the ground. They are clothed with leaves that are silky hairy in the spring, and carry many 5 cm-tall upright catkins. It originates from the island of Hokkaido in Japan.
invisible.gif Salix serpyllifolia or 'Thyme-leaved willow' has woody creeping stems and tiny dark green leaves, with small yellow catkins in spring.