Scandinavian Mountains over 2000m - Flora & Fauna

Scandinavian Mountains over 2000 metres - James Baxter

Flora & FaunaTrees & Shrubs › Glaucous Willow

Salix glauca, Glaucous Willow, Sølvvier. 1m.

Glaucous Willow
Very common in damp locations up to 1300m, often higher.

These plants are similar to the downy willow but the catkins have small stalks and appear with the leaves, not before. The leaves are 5cm, untoothed and are grey green, but blueish on the underside. They have silky hairs on both sides.

The seeds are wind dispersed in autumn, but overwinter under the snow before germinating.