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Leaves margined with white. A Japanese garden variety, perhaps worthy of introduction (S. gracilistyla var. variegata Kimura).S. ‘Melanostachys’ (‘Kurome’, ‘Kuro-yanagi’). – Catkin-scales blackish red, almost glabrous; anthers brick-red, becoming yellow. Young stems glabrous. Leaves almost glabrous, rich green, thicker than in the cultivated clone of S. gracilistyla, (S. gracilistyla var. melanostachys (Makino) Schneid.; S. melanostachys Makino). A striking willow introduced to Europe by Messrs J. Spek of Holland in 1950.S. ‘The Hague’ (‘Hagensis’). – This hybrid was raised by S. G. A. Doorenbos at The Hague, reportedly by crossing S. gracilistyla with S. caprea. It is a vigorous, spreading shrub with rather thick, velvety stems. Leaves oblong, subacute or acuminate at the apex, rounded to truncate at the base, to about 4 in. long and 1{1/2} in. wide, reticulate and slightly glossy above, whitish and permanently hairy beneath. Stipules ovate, about {3/8} in. long. A female clone, bearing abundant, closely set silky catkins about 1{3/4} in. long.The name S. × leucopithecia was given by Kimura to a male clone cultivated in Japan for its catkins. The parentage of this is similar to that of ‘The Hague’, namely S. gracilistyla × S. bakko Kimura, which is the Japanese counterpart of S. caprea and very closely allied to it.


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