Flora of Northern Ireland
Salix pentandra
© Paul Hackney
Salix pentandra
(Map updated: March 2008)

Perhaps the most attractive of the willows, with a shiny oval leaf which is fragrant when crushed. The male trees produce catkins with bright yellow stamens in the spring or early summer. This species is frequent across Northern Ireland in damp places, by streams, on cut-out bogs, old quarries etc.

A rare hybrid with Salix fragilis (S. x meyeriana) is occasionally encountered, usually as single trees.

All names: Salix pentandra L.