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Salix 'Boydii' (f) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Grey/Silver in Spring

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

willow 'Boydii'

Family

Salicaceae


Salix are deciduous shrubs and trees of diverse habit, with simple leaves and tiny flowers in catkins, male and female usually on separate plants. Some are valued for their brightly coloured winter shoots, others for their foliage or showy male catkins

'Boydii' is a compact, upright, deciduous shrub growing very slowly into a gnarled bush up to 1m in height, with rounded, hairy, greyish, veiny leaves to 2.5cm in length. Insignificant grey female catkins are sparingly produced

Synonym(s)

  • Salix × boydii

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

A small, very slow growing shrub for sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or hardwood cuttings in winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Rock Garden or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Can get aphids, caterpillars, leaf beetles and sawflies

Diseases

May be subject to a rust