|Salix pentandra subsp. var.||Bay willow, Laurel willow|
|Bay Willow with early autumn colours||
It is a large shrub or small tree growing to 14 m tall (rarely to 17 m), usually growing in wet, boggy ground. The leaves are glossy dark green, 5-12 cm long and 2-5 cm broad, with a finely serrated margin. The dioecious flowers are catkins, produced in late spring after the leaves; the male catkins are yellow, 2-5 cm long, the female catkins greenish, 1.5-3 cm long; they are pollinated by bees. The fruit is a small capsule containing numerous minute seeds embedded in white down which aids wind dispersal.
The scientific name refers to the male flowers having five stamens. The English name derives from the resemblance of the leaves to those of the Bay Laurel; other common names include Bay-leaved Willow and Laurel Willow. Its glossy leaves make it more decorative than many other willows, and it is often planted as an ornamental tree.
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Salix pentandra. (S. laurifolia, Hort. S.Humboldtiana, Hort. not Willd.). Bay-leaf or Laurel-leaf Willow. Shrub or small tree, 8-20 ft. high: branches chestnut-color: lvs. large, elliptic to broadly oblanceolate, acuminate, shining and dark green above, paler beneath: aments appearing after many of the lvs. are fully developed, not conspicuous. Eu. and Asia.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Rushforth, K. (1999). Trees of Britain and Europe. Collins ISBN 0-00-220013-9.
- ↑ Mitchell, A. F. (1974). A Field Guide to the Trees of Britain and Northern Europe. Collins ISBN 0-00-212035-6
- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963