Salix alba var. alba

White Willow

sensu Fl. Victoria 3:574 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Ultimately a large tree to 20 m or more high with silvery foliage by virtue of sericeous tomentum and strongly glaucous undersides of leaves; twigs olive-green or brownish-green.

*EGL, *HNF, *NIS, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised SA, NSW. Indigenous in Britain, Europe, Russia, eastern Asia to Himalaya, northern Africa. Naturalised in New Zealand, Canada, and USA.

The distribution of S. alba var. alba in Victoria has not been fully clarified; it is clear that many Victorian (and Australian) records are referable to S. fragilis nothovar. fragilis (S. alba s. lat. × S. euxina I.V.Belyaeva) or backcrosses to S. alba var. alba or var. vitellina. Salix alba var. alba (with S. babylonica) is a parent of S. ×sepulcralis var. sepulcralis.

Source: Carr, G.W. (1996). Salix. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-03-20
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
family Salicaceae
genus Salix
species Salix alba L.
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Salix alba var. alba in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Salix alba var. alba in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
New South Wales