Common name: Weeping Willow
Salix x pendulina Wender. APNI*
Synonyms: Salix x pendulina Wender. nothovar. pendulina APNI*
Description: Weeping tree to 18 m high with a short trunk and wide crown; bark grey-brown to dark-brown and deeply fissured; twigs and shoots weeping to pendent; twigs slender, moderately to strongly fragile, black-brown, olive-brown, green to green-brown; buds glabrescent, brown.
Leaves lanceolate to broad-ovate, 7.5–14 cm long, 15–44 mm wide, deep green above, glaucous or glaucescent below, margins coarsely and irregularly toothed.
Plants male or female, catkins on short leafy or hardly leafy shoots; male catkins tapered cylindric, 2.5–4.5 cm long; scales yellow-green; stamens 2; female catkins similar in size to male, usually conspicuously exceeding the catkin scales.
Capsules c. 4 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CT, *ST, *CWS
Other Australian states: *Vic. *S.A.
Declared Noxious Weed
Garden hybrid (involving Salix babylonica and S. euxina) originating in Germany. The name S. babylonica L. has been misapplied to this taxon in Tas.
Text by S.W.L. Jacobs & L. Murray (2000)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 Suppl. (2000)
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