||Multi stemmed plant growing out of and from under the engine compartment of an abandoned vehicle. Bethesda, N. Wales, UK. Willow is a pioneer species!
||An alien,invasive,weed species in much of the cooler,damper parts of western UK. Able to tolerate a wide range of situations it can rapidly swamp out all other plants and cause considerable damage to the local ecology. Now known to be a hybrid with R.maximum and R. catawbiense which confers greater cold hardiness. In UK it has also established a mycorrhizal association which compounds the problem.
||A New Zealand shrub or, in time, a small, multi-stemmed tree.Not hardy throughout UK, especially inland, but in the milder West it makes an excellent hedge or wind break being very tolerant of salt laden winds. Very easy to propagate from Autumn hardwood cuttings. In favoured areas it will set seed but as yet does not seem to be an invasive. Can be cut back hard or even coppiced if required.