Salix Aurita (Eared Willow)- A small native tree growing up to 2-2.5 meters tall in a gnarly and tangled habit. Its leaves are a dull green on the upper side but pale grey and downy underneath. Commonly found on heathland, river banks and boggy areas, preferring acidic soils. Eared willow is often used for black grouse regeneration projects.
Fruit: Male and female catkins appear before the leaves, around March/April time. Male and female catkins are found on separate trees.
Soil Types/Habitat: Grows best on moist acidic soils.