Salix vestita - a choice willow

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Boland
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Salix vestita - a choice willow

I grow several native Newfoundland willows in my rockery and at our botanical garden. One of my favourites is S. vestita. This species occurs from Newfoundland through to the Rockies, but our forms are much smaller than those of the west. This little willow is wonderful all year. Here is a potted specimen in our alpine house.

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Some details of the foliage, breaking spring buds and even the overwintering buds.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

RickR
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How is it for heat tolerance?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Can't answer that one...heat is NOT an issue in Newfoundland!  However, we have several growing outside in th BG and in some areas, with the reflected heat off the rocks, I expect it gets pretty hot yet they seem fine.  Might be worth a try if you could get your hands on one...THAT will be the trick!  Seeds have no viability.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

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Seeds have no viability or viability is short?

Is this different from other willows?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Sorry, I meant short viability...to my understanding, all willows have short viability.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Paul T
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Gorgeous leaves, Todd.  These mini willows are very rarely seen in my neck of the woods.

Cheers.

Paul T.
Canberra, Australia.
Min winter temp -8 or -9°C. Max summer temp 40°C. Thankfully, maybe once or twice a year only.

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Welcome Paul!  Most of the dwarf willows are made for cold climates...Aussie would be WAY too warm I expect.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

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Todd wrote:

Sorry, I meant short viability...to my understanding, all willows have short viability.

Presumably why I never see any seed available :( though that doesn't seem to stop vendors from selling Corydalis, Hepatica etc, seed...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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Cohan, I can send you some fresh seed when they ripen here if you want ;) Not vestita but others I have pictured.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Hoy wrote:

Cohan, I can send you some fresh seed when they ripen here if you want ;) Not vestita but others I have pictured.

That would be great, thanks!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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