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Can anyone put me out of my misery? please?

What is this shrubby plant. It has a light downy undersurface, reminisent of the Sorbus genus. The stipules must be a characteristic. No flowers in the last 5 years ir has been growing in the car park at work. Height is difficult as it sometimes gets cut back. I recognise it but for the life of me have no idea.



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Is it a type of Willow? We get a lot self seeding at the nursery. Looks very similar to what i'vebeen calling a 'weed' willow!

8 Sep, 2010

 

the leaf is very broad thats what put me off a willow. most of the ones wilIows i have see tend to be much narrower that this. thanks for the suggestion though.

8 Sep, 2010

 

It's pussy willow, goat willow, and a common self-seeder. Salix caprea, to be precise. Phil J

8 Sep, 2010

 

had a look at this but that doesnt appear to have these leafy stipules at the base of each leaf stalk. Though the rest of it fits. mmmmmm

8 Sep, 2010

 

Its definitely Salix caprea Sbg. It has broad leaves and a pair of stipules at the base of each leaf.

8 Sep, 2010

 

thanks, the pictures i found on google didnt show them.
next question then is there a willow hawk moth? found a fantastic caterpillar on it yesterday.

8 Sep, 2010

 

Unless its Salix aurita. The trouble with Salix is that they hybridise easily and our native types (the Caprea group anyway) such as S. aurita,, S. cinerea and S. caprea hybridise and grade into each other. This group also have the broader leaves and two obvious stipules at the base of each leaf.

Some photo's show S. caprea without stipules as in some individuals, they are lost earlier in the season whilst others retain them almost until leaf drop.

8 Sep, 2010

 

There is a Puss moth that feeds on willow. Google Puss moth caterpillar and see if its that?

8 Sep, 2010

 

nope it isnt a puss moth. I will have to photo it . if it is still there tomorrow.

8 Sep, 2010

 

Try Eyed Hawk Moth which also eats willow.

8 Sep, 2010

 

nope looked at that one too or if it is its a variant. will keep looking.

8 Sep, 2010

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