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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
bay willow bay-leaved willow
laurel-leaved willow sweet willow willow bay
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
S. pentandra is is a bushy deciduous tree to 10m tall, with glossy dark green leaves to 12cm long, and 5cm long catkins in early summer, the showy males yellow, the females green
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureMoist but well-drained
SoilSand, Clay, Loam
wider than 8 metres
Time to ultimate height
Grow in moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Avoid alkaline soils
Propagate by greenwood cuttings in nearly summer or by hardwood cuttings in winter
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds
Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden
Pruning Pruning group 1
Pests Aphids and caterpillars can be a problem
Willow anthracnose, scab and canker are sometimes problematic, as are honey fungus and rust diseases
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