Salix myrtilloides L.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Salix myrtilloides' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/salix/salix-myrtilloides/). Accessed 2020-10-27.

Genus

Glossary

ovary
Lowest part of the carpel containing the ovules; later developing into the fruit.
acuminate
Narrowing gradually to a point.
apex
(pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
clone
Organism arising via vegetative or asexual reproduction.
entire
With an unbroken margin.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
glandular
Bearing glands.
lax
Loose or open.
obtuse
Blunt.
ovate
Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.
style
Generally an elongated structure arising from the ovary bearing the stigma at its tip.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Salix myrtilloides' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/salix/salix-myrtilloides/). Accessed 2020-10-27.

A shrub from a few inches to 2 ft or so high, with creeping underground stems and erect branches; young shoots and leaves soon glabrous. Leaves obovate, oblong-elliptic or sometimes ovate, obtuse and abruptly acuminate at the apex, 38 to 112 in. long, 16 to 78 in. wide, entire and more or less decurved at the margin, dark dull green above, blue-green or purplish and prominently veined beneath. Catkins appearing in April or May. Male catkins 12 to 34 in. long, narrowly cylindrical, rather sparsely flowered, on leafy peduncles about 38 in. long; anthers at first reddish, yellow when mature. Female catkins lax, on leafy peduncles about 1 in. long. Ovary glabrous, long-stalked; style very short, with short, purplish stigmas.

Native of N. Eurasia from E. Scandinavia to the Pacific; also of central Europe, where it occurs here and there on heaths and in bogs, nowhere common. The true species is rare in gardens.

S. × finnmarchica Willd. S. myrtilloides × S. repens – A wide-spreading, vigorous shrub with short erect branchlets. The influence of S. repens shows in such characters as the longer duration of the silky hairs on the stems and leaves and the more hairy catkin-scales. One garden clone, originally distributed as S. myrtilloides, obviously belongs here and has been re-named accordingly. The branchlets are short, with oval leaves 38 to 34 in. long, medium green above, paler and silky beneath. There is, however, another clone in commerce as S. myrtilloides which is certainly near to that species, but possibly a form of S. × finnmarchica. The branchlets are taller than in the other clone, the leaves bluish and at first quite densely silky beneath, with occasional glandular teeth on the margins. Both make excellent ground-covers.

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