Salix eleagnos

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Salix eleagnos
Salix eleagnos (Lavendel-Weide) IMG 37450.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Salicaceae
Tribe: Saliceae
Genus: Salix
Species: Salix eleagnos
Binomial name
Salix eleagnos

Salix eleagnos (olive willow, hoary willow, rosemary willow) is a species of flowering plant in the family Salicaceae, native to central and southern Europe and south west Asia. Growing to 3 m (10 ft) tall by 5 m (16 ft) broad, it is an erect bushy deciduous shrub with narrow grey-green leaves up to 20 cm (8 in) long, which turn yellow in autumn (fall). The green catkins, 3–6 cm (1–2 in) long, appear with the leaves in spring, male catkins having yellow anthers.[1]

Like all willows, the species is dioecious. The specific epithet eleagnos is frequently spelt elaeagnos, though the original spelling has been accepted as a correct Greek form.[2]

S. eleagnos subsp. angustifolia has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3]


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ "USDA GRIN Taxonomy for plants - Salix eleagnos". Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Salix eleagnos subsp. angustifolia". Retrieved 2 June 2013.