Salix alba is a tree, up to 25m high, with dark grey furrowed bark. Its long, narrow pointed leaves, up to 10cm long, are dull green above, blue-green beneath, and silky, so that they appear silvery-white at a distance; catkins, 4-6cm long, appear with the leaves in spring.

Grow in full sun in moist or wet soil; avoid planting near buildings because its roots take up a lot of water from a wide area.
Sunlight: Full sun
Exposure: Exposed or Sheltered
Moisture: Poorly-drained, Moist but well-drained
Soil: Chalk, Loam, Sand, Clay