Salix ×mollissima Ehrh.

Beitr. Naturk. 6: 101 (1791)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Spreading shrub to 5 m high; bark greyish, smooth, sometimes flaking; twigs subglabrous or glabrescent, lustrous, olive-brown, often initially angled, moderately fragile; buds brown, puberulous. Leaves lanceolate or linear-lanceolate, (4–)8–13 cm long, 1–1.5 cm wide, at first pubescent, soon becoming glabrous, dark shining green above, paler below and puberulous; apex long acuminate; base narrowly cuneate; margins entire or minutely glandular-serrate; stipules persistent, asymmetrically subulate-lanceolate, margins finely serrate or entire, upper surface with scattered sessile glands. Catkins 3–4 cm long, produced on short leafy lateral shoots, spreading or erect; male catkins cylindric, c. 1 cm wide, sometimes with scattered female flowers; stamens 2 or 3, filaments free; female catkins narrowly cylindrical, up to c. 5 mm wide; catkin-scales shorter than ovary; ovary flask-shaped, stalked, pubescent, sometimes becoming sparsely hairy with age. Flowers spring.

*VVP. Native to Europe. A hybrid between Salix triandra L. and S. viminalis L. Known in Victoria from a single female plant near the junction of Merri Creek and the Yarra River. Apparently hybridising with nearby male S. ×fragilis plants at this site.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-08-11
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-03-20
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
family Salicaceae
genus Salix
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Salix ×mollissima in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Salix ×mollissima in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced