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