Grey Willow, also known as ‘Common Sallow’, is a large shrub willow. It is found in ditches, reed-beds, wet woodland and urban waste ground. It is one of the UK’s commonest willows and is known for the fluffy, silver-grey male catkins – or ‘pussy willows’ – that appear in January and turn bright yellow in March.
How to identify?
Grey Willow can be distinguished from other scrub willows by its relatively small, blunt-ended, oblong leaves, two or three times as long as they are broad.