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Olive/Hoary Willow Salix elaeagnos (Salicaceae) HEIGHT to 6m. Similar to Osier. SHOOTS Young twigs have dense grey or white hairs; older twigs become yellow-brown and smooth. LEAVES Species is best recognised by studying leaves: has matt white hairs beneath; dark shiny green above when mature. Leaves, to 15cm long and less than 1cm wide, have untoothed margins. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Male and female catkins appear on separate trees, just before leaves; reddish, male catkins to 3cm long, female catkins smaller. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of Europe, sometimes planted here for ornament.
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