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.