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Salix arbuscula

Mountain Willow

Plant Type:


Salix arbuscula – Cloaked in bright green ovate-elliptical leaves up to nearly 2 inches long the Mountain Willow forms a small shrub often wider than tall just perfect for the alpine garden, rockery or front of the border edger. It is a decent honey plant and may be a candidate for bonsai enthusiasts. The glossy leaves contrast nicely with the twiggy stems colored deep reddish brown. Males have pinkish red-purple catkins with an overlay of silvery hairs. Female catkins are like small yellowish bottle brushes. They occur in early to mid spring, may grow up to nearly 1 inch tall and emerge as the foliage begins to sprout. This little willow is adapted to moist, calcareous soils. Sun to mostly sunny exposure. Established pot grown shrub from cutting.

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24-30 in


24-30 in


(3)4 to 8
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Item Description Price  
SALARBU Salix arbuscula (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $25.00

Characteristics and Attributes for Salix arbuscula

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Colored
  • Architectural

Nature Attraction

  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Border
  • Edging
  • Potted Plant
  • Foundation
  • Bonsai Candidate
  • Rock Garden
  • Natural Garden
  • Heath / Peat Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Fertile
  • Calcareous


  • Northern Europe

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Salix

Common Name: Willow

Salix. These are the willows, a large genus of woody plants. Some willows are small shrubs, others grow into huge trees and there are many bushy species which fall in between. All prefer sun planted in fertile moisture retaining soils; some are tolerant of quite wet feet. Many have quite attractive lanceolate leaves with silvery undersides that flash in summer breezes… I have often thought of these as the “poor man’s bamboo”. Some have contorted and beautifully colored bark which shines in the winter landscape. Many sport beautiful winter/spring catkins. Nearly all willows have utilitarian applications in fencing, rods, basket making. All are very prune-able; in fact, any of the larger shrubs depending upon how you desire to employ them will respond well to pruning and coppicing. When coppiced those with beautifully colored winter stems display many more of them. And as with ornamental shrub dogwoods younger stems exhibit the best, most intense winter tones. All ornamental characteristics will be presented according to species/cultivar. All of the following offerings are established pot grown shrubs from a cutting. We may prune back all larger growing selections prior to shipping so that you will not incur the extra handling charge.