Salix alba x fragilis (S. x rubens)
A tall broad-crowned, often pollarded, tree which grows in marshes, wet hollows, by ponds, ditches, streams and rivers and as an amenity tree along roadsides and in landscaped areas. It is found mostly in the absence of the parents. Lowland.
This hybrid between two alien parents sometimes arises spontaneously, but is usually planted, having originally been introduced for basket making. It is now more frequently planted for amenity and landscaping. A range of ornamental cultivars or varieties are available, some of which have prominent orange-yellow twigs. It is difficult to distinguish from its parents and is under-recorded.
Widespread in Europe.
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.