What is the plant
Salix hookeriana is a species of willow known by the common names dune willow, coastal willow, and Hooker's willow.
Salix hookeriana is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from April to May, and the seeds ripen in June. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). and is pollinated by Bees. The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils and can grow in saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist or wet soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.Salix hookeriana is a shrub or tree growing up to 8 m (26 ft) tall, sometimes forming bushy colonial thickets. The leaves are up to 11 cm long, generally oval in shape, wavy along the edges, and hairy to woolly in texture with shiny upper surfaces.
The inflorescence is a catkin of flowers up to 9 cm long, with the female catkins growing longer as the fruits develop.
This willow may hybridize with similar species.
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