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Cinerea Willow

Cinerea Willow

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The Cinerea Willow, scientifically known as Salix cinerea, is a robust and adaptable deciduous shrub or small tree. It's renowned for its ecological adaptability and ease of cultivation, making it a valuable addition to a variety of landscapes.

For garden and landscape use, the Grey Willow is known for its use in border and specimen planting, soil stabilization, and as a pioneer species in ecological restoration projects. Its extensive root system makes it effective in stabilizing waste tips and old slag heaps. However, its aggressive root system also means it's a greedy plant, potentially competing with other species for nutrients.

Quick Facts

  • Scientific Name: Salix cinerea
  • Common Names: Grey Willow, Large Gray Willow
  • Growing Zones: Hardy in a wide range of climates
  • Mature Size: Typically grows 4–15 meters (13–50 ft) tall
  • Leaf Characteristics: Spirally arranged, 2–9 cm long, green above, hairy below
  • Bark: Grey-brown, developing diamond-shaped fissures with age
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Growing Specifics

  • Soil Preferences: Adaptable to most soils, including wet, ill-drained, or intermittently flooded areas. Prefers a damp, heavy soil.
  • Water Requirements: Tolerates a range of moisture conditions but thrives in moist environments.
  • Pruning and Maintenance: Can be pruned for shape and size. Pruning in winter or early spring encourages new growth.
  • Landscape Uses: Ideal for streambank restoration, riparian buffers, hedges, and ecological projects.
  • Wildlife Attraction: Attracts various insects and provides habitat for wildlife.

Special Notes

The Cinerea Willow is a versatile species, capable of growing in containers and tolerating some drought once established. It's a species with two subspecies, each adapted to slightly different ecological niches. This willow's ease of cultivation and ecological benefits make it a practical choice for both ornamental and restoration purposes

Planting Instructions

Planting willow cuttings is one of the easiest ways to start new plants! Before planting, it's beneficial to prep the cuttings by soaking them in water for 24 to 48 hours. This helps to encourage root development.

You can also start the cuttings indoors in pots filled with moist soil. This method allows for close monitoring and protection from outdoor elements, providing an ideal start especially in colder climates.

After you soak your cuttings, Choose a sunny to partially shaded location with moist, well-drained soil for planting. Plant the cuttings deep enough, with about two-thirds of their length underground, to ensure stability and adequate root formation. After planting, water the cuttings thoroughly and maintain consistent soil moisture as they establish.

We understand the importance of clear guidance, so with every order of willow cuttings, we provide comprehensive planting instructions. These instructions cover everything from the initial soaking and potting to outdoor planting and care, ensuring your willow cuttings get the best possible start.

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