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Siberian Violet-willow Salix acutifolia (Salicaceae) HEIGHT to 10m. Sometimes also known as ‘Violet Willow’. Similar to S. daphnoides but with subtly different shoots and leaves. SHOOTS Very slender, drooping at the tips and with a waxy feel, turning violet in winter. LEAVES Longer than those of S. daphnoides (to 16cm), narrower and shiny green on both sides. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION A native of Russia, but sometimes planted here by streamsides and in large gardens.