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Grey Willow

Salix cinerea

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Grey Willow Trees

Like most willow trees, the grey willow is the perfect waterside tree as it flourishes in wet ground and will improve the soil by binding it together and preventing erosion.

Also know as grey sallow or pussy willow, grey willow trees look very much like goat willow trees as they both have smooth, grey bark, though the grey willow leaves are more rounded than the goat willow.

All our trees and shrubs are grown to be the perfect size for best establishment. For most species this can range from 20-60cm about the root plug. If you would like to discuss specific sizes, please contact us.


Mythology of Grey Willow Trees

Apart from practical uses of the grey willow tree for firewood and cricket bats, there is a strong history in Britain of people associating willow trees with mourning, probably because of the sad, drooping nature of weeping willow trees. In early Christian times, grey willow trees were known as a tree of celebration and girls would carry sprigs to prevent their hair being pulled by nasty boys. Quite how that worked is anybody's guess, but willow springs do make the best magic wands, so perhaps there was some witchcraft in there! Willow bark has also been used as pain relief for over 2000 years. The ancient recipe was: collect a little bit of bark from the tree in the spring time, being careful not to strip all the way round the willow tree, or you might kill the tree. Soak 3 teaspoons of the bark in cold water for 5 hours, then boil. Strain and drink a small glass each day. We at buy-trees-online have never tried this, so best to ask your doctor first!

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