132642 European Violet-willow Salix daphnoides (Salicaceae) HEIGHT to 12m. Domed shrub or small tree. BARK Grey, with shallow ridges. SHOOTS Violet-blue and bloomed – the best identification feature for this species. LEAVES Narrowly ovate to oblong, dark green and shiny above, blue-grey below, with finely toothed margins. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Catkins are distinctive with their attractive black flecks. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Introduced, planted for ornament (the attractive colour of its twigs, especially striking when coppiced) and naturalised occasionally in damp ground.