Valuable for windbreaks and high moisture areas.
Latin name: Salix acutifolia Willd
Type of tree: broadleaf (introduced)
Height: 5 to 14 metres
Growth rate: fast
Fruit and flowers: male and female flowers form catkins on separate trees during early spring; small fruit pods split when mature, releasing seeds on tufts of silky hair.
Soil: tree performs well in most well-drained sites; but will withstand flooding for up to several weeks
Limitations: performs poorly in dry locations; spreading crown and roots may compete with crops when planted in shelterbelts; fair to good alkali tolerance