Collected from the North eastern area of the Russian Federation; Petropavlovsk – Kamchatsklly, Salix sphenophylla is a prostrate hugging deciduous sub shrub. More used to a boreal maritime climate where its growth will be reduced due to the harsh climatic conditions.
Growing over a low retaining wall in the nursery it hugs the contours. The new leaf growth is covered in minute hairs which filter the wind blowing across the tundra preventing desiccation of the fresh green growth.
The catkins are held prominently, 50mm in size, taking on a red tinge from the prominent style colouration. A desirable member of the genus to cultivate.