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Salix repens (Creeping willow)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.6m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Salix repens

Other names

Creeping willow

Genus

Salix Salix

Species

S. repens - S. repens is a prostrate, sometimes upright, deciduous shrub with slender stems bearing oblong to oval, grey- to bright green leaves, silvery beneath, and, blooming in spring before the leaves emerge, grey male catkins with golden-yellow anthers.


Salix repens is: Deciduous

Habit

Prostrate

Flower

Grey in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Caterpillars Aphids , Caterpillars

Anthracnose diseases , Rust Anthracnose diseases , Rust

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1.

Propagation

Sow seed as soon as ripe in late spring. Seed has a very short viability.

Propagation methods

Hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Salix repens (Creeping willow) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 1.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Coastal, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained or moist soil in sun. Resents shallow, chalky soil.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Salix repens

Other names

Creeping willow

Genus

Salix Salix

Species

S. repens - S. repens is a prostrate, sometimes upright, deciduous shrub with slender stems bearing oblong to oval, grey- to bright green leaves, silvery beneath, and, blooming in spring before the leaves emerge, grey male catkins with golden-yellow anthers.

Native to

Europe

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Prostrate


Colour

Flower

Grey in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Caterpillars

Specific diseases

Anthracnose diseases , Rust

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1.

Propagation

Sow seed as soon as ripe in late spring. Seed has a very short viability.

Propagation methods

Hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Salix repens (Creeping willow) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 1.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Coastal, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained or moist soil in sun. Resents shallow, chalky soil.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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