tree leafWhite Willow (Salix alba). White willow is a deciduous tree native to Europe and Asia and growing up to 30m. Its name comes from the leaves which are covered with fine white hairs. The riverside Weeping Willow (Salix x sepulcralis 'Chrysocoma') is a hybrid between White Willow and Peking Willow.

The flowers are produced in catkins in early spring. The male and female catkins grow on separate trees; the female ones are slightly shorter at pollination, lengthening as the fruit matures. When mature in mid summer, the female catkins comprise small capsules each containing numerous minute seeds embedded in white down which aids wind dispersal. catkins

bats Cricket-bat Willow (Salix alba 'Caerulea') is grown as a specialist timber crop in Britain, mainly for the production of cricket bats, but also for other uses where a tough, lightweight wood that does not splinter easily, is required.