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Bay Willow

A glossy leaved, fast-growing tree.
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SKU: SAPE
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£8.95

Bay Willow

Salix pentandra

Bay willow was named because of the similarity of its leaves to those of the bay tree. Traditionally, willows were used to relieve pain, and the painkiller aspirin is derived from salicin, a compound found in the bark of all willows. The bay willow's glossy leaves make it more decorative than many other willows, so it is often planted as an ornamental tree.

Estimate full grown height: 16-18 metres, growing an estimated 60cm each year.

Purchase size and growth: These trees are cell-grown saplings, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Cell grown trees can be planted all year round in most situations as long as they are given the correct care. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, but please do not worry, as once it has been planted it should pick up quickly.

Value to wildlife: Caterpillars of a number of moth species feed on the foliage, including Ectoedemia intimella. The catkins provide an important source of early nectar and pollen for bees and other insects.

Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Bay willow trees prefer damp situations such as beside streams and rivers, wet woodland and in boggy ground.

UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.

Learn more about this tree on our bay willow species profile.

Bay Willow

Salix pentandra

Bay willow was named because of the similarity of its leaves to those of the bay tree. Traditionally, willows were used to relieve pain, and the painkiller aspirin is derived from salicin, a compound found in the bark of all willows. The bay willow's glossy leaves make it more decorative than many other willows, so it is often planted as an ornamental tree.

Estimate full grown height: 16-18 metres, growing an estimated 60cm each year.

Purchase size and growth: These trees are cell-grown saplings, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Cell grown trees can be planted all year round in most situations as long as they are given the correct care. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, but please do not worry, as once it has been planted it should pick up quickly.

Value to wildlife: Caterpillars of a number of moth species feed on the foliage, including Ectoedemia intimella. The catkins provide an important source of early nectar and pollen for bees and other insects.

Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Bay willow trees prefer damp situations such as beside streams and rivers, wet woodland and in boggy ground.

UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.

Learn more about this tree on our bay willow species profile.

Planting information: As a rough guide, trees are usually planted at around 2m intervals but please take into account the final size of the tree and be aware of buildings, services and other plants nearby to ensure that damage cannot occur from the roots and canopy as the tree grows.

Oct-Feb - This is the best time of year for planting trees and your sapling is dormant, as long as it is kept free from frost and wind as well as being kept moist and in light conditions then it will last a few weeks before planting.

Mar-Sept - Your sapling is growing fast and will need planting as soon as possible. Planting it immediately will ensure it does not dry out, lose nutrients etc.

On-going care requirements: Once planted, your tree will need some care and attention for a few years; this will mainly be weeding around the base to reduce the competition for nutrients and ensuring your tree has enough water. For more information about caring for your trees, click here.

Delivery information: Free delivery is available for all tree orders but please allow up to 7-10 days for your delivery to arrive. You will receive a cell grown sapling, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly. 

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