A much-branched shrub or small tree which grows by ponds, streams and rivers, and in damp rocky places, preferring base-rich soils and sometimes associated with Carboniferous limestone. In Ireland it is a montane species. From near sea-level to 685 m at Catstycam (Westmorland).
Although now much better recorded, the distribution of this species has not changed significantly since the 1962 Atlas. It is very similar to S. myrsinifolia, and may be mis-identified for it and the hybrid between them.
Circumpolar Boreo-arctic Montane element.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Atlas text references
1988. The Irish Red Data Book. 1. Vascular Plants.
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1976)
1990. Conservation of montane willow scrub in Scotland. Transactions of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh. 45:427-436.
1983. Notes on Salix phylicifolia L. and related Irish willows. Glasra. 7:1-10.