Checklist for Cultivars of Salix L. (willow)


Numerous cultivars of Salix L. have been developed and named over the centuries. New selections of cultivars with superior technical and ornamental characteristics have been chosen deliberately and applied to various purposes.

Here are some examples of how they are used:
  • stock for basket and cricket bat manufacturing
  • sources of chemical compounds such as tannin and salicin
  • forage for livestock
  • honey production
  • ornamentals amenity plantings

Most recently, Salix has become an important source for bioenergy production and for various ecosystem services. With the expanding domestication of the genus Salix and the active selection of new cultivars, it is increasingly important to have clear and standardized records documenting the cultivars.



The first version of the Checklist for Cultivars of Salix L. (willow) was compiled which includes 854 cultivar epithets with accompanying information. The Checklist aims to promote the uniformity and accuracy of cultivar names of Salix, and provides a baseline for new registrations to ensure that each newly developed cultivar receives a unique, authoritative botanical name.