Sunday, 7 February 2016

Tree ID 7: Sallow buds and bark


The buds on sallow or pussy willow are distinctively fat, like beads.  In shade they are yellow-green but may turn red in the sun. 


Sallow bark is covered in diamond shaped lenticels or breathing holes, though not on very young twigs or very old trunks.


With the unusually warm weather, some sallows have even retained a few of their leaves.





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