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Salix matsudana x alba
Family Salicaceae
Salix matsudana x alba APNI*

Description: Single stemmed tree up to 25 m high with stem remaining prominent to the top of the tree; crown narrow when young becoming moderately spreading, branches erect; bark fissured; twigs reddish-green, becoming grey green or reddish-brown, slender, slightly to moderately brittle, fragile in some clones, becoming glabrescent.

Leaves lanceolate, 9–14 cm long, 10–17 mm wide, light green to bluish green, silky hairy when young, sparsely short-hairy above at maturity; margins regularly toothed.

Catkins male or females, or both; narrow-cylindrical, 2–3.5 cm long; appearing with or after the leaves.


Flowering: September–October.

Distribution and occurrence: There have been nine clones imported from New Zealand. Widely planted for windbreaks in N.S.W., Victoria and Tasmania, grows fast on moist sites. Have started to spread by seed in some rivers, and readily hybridises with S. babylonica, S. matsudana and S. alba.
NSW subdivisions: ?NT, *CT
Other Australian states: *Vic.
Declared Noxious Weed
AVH map***

Text by S.W.L. Jacobs & L. Murray (2000)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 Suppl. (2000)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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