triandra - Noire de Villaine
Here are two pictures of Salix triandra, Noire de Villaine showing
the plant in July.
Picture of Salix triandra
Close up picture of Salix triandra
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Salix triandra is a small, bushy tree
or robust, spreading shrub that reaches 10m in height. The bark
of the Almond willow is smooth and dark grey but it flakes off in
large irregular patches to expose a reddish-brown under layer. The
twigs are a lustrous olive-brown, glabrous and often angled or ridged.
The leaves of Salix triandra are lanceolate,
oblong-lanceolate or narrowly elliptic and between 4 and 11 cm long
and 1-3 cm wide. They are regularly serrated and dark green above
and green below.
Catkins appear with or a little before the leaves
in April and May and sporadically throughout the summer. Male catkins
are yellow, narrowly cylindrical and between 2.5-5cm long and 0.3-1.2
cm wide. Female catkins are shorter and denser than the male.
Almond willow is one of the most attractive and
fragrant willow and is being used more frequently as a garden shrub.
The twigs have a pleasant flavour of rose-water
Salix triandra is locally abundant in
wet ground to the south and east of a line from the Humber and Severn
estuaries and fairly frequent throughout England. It appears in
a number of varieties, we grow Noire de Villaine at our coppice in Gloucestershire,
and is extensively used in basket making. The species is not native
to Ireland and has little claim to be indigenous to Scotland and
Attempts to make infraspecific classifications
have proved difficult and Almond willow is just as varied in the
UK as elsewhere in Europe and Asia.
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