This is straight S. eleagnos - long narrow soft foliage but no gray tone.

Salix eleagnos f. angustifolia (syn. rosmarinifolius)

Rosemary Willow

Plant Type:


Salix eleagnos f. angustifolia - This particular form of the Rosemary Willow sports flaming yellow autumn foliage which just adds another season of unusual beauty intrinsic in this handsome species. The Rosemary Willow has long, narrow grayish foliage. Close inspection of a leaf-laden branch and one can see that it does loosely resemble a version of the rosemary herb on steroids! It will make a most comely hedge or screening plant. The soft look of this plant would be a good counterpoint to a garden denizens showing off bold foliage. Best to prune it back every few years for a denser, more attractive shrub or it will grow up and out becoming increasingly rangy. The Rosemary Willow is also content in somewhat drier conditions than many of its cousins… this is not to say that it will live in the sharp drainage of a xeric garden! This would also be nicely used in conjunction in a willow hedgerow sporting contrasting heights, foliage colors and catkins; in sun upon damp ground such a hedgerow would be resplendent. Established pot grown shrub from cutting.

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15-20 ft


10-12 ft

Characteristics and Attributes for Salix eleagnos f. angustifolia (syn. rosmarinifolius)

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Winter / Early Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color


  • Full Sun


  • Screen
  • Filler
  • Shrub Border
  • Cutting Garden
  • Hedge
  • Hedgerow

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Fertile


  • Southern Europe
  • Central Europe
  • Asia Minor

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Salix

Common Name: Willow

Salix. These are the willows, a large genus of woody plants. Some willows are small shrubs, others grow into huge trees and there are many bushy species which fall in between. All prefer sun planted in fertile moisture retaining soils; some are tolerant of quite wet feet. Many have quite attractive lanceolate leaves with silvery undersides that flash in summer breezes… I have often thought of these as the “poor man’s bamboo”. Some have contorted and beautifully colored bark which shines in the winter landscape. Many sport beautiful winter/spring catkins. Nearly all willows have utilitarian applications in fencing, rods, basket making. All are very prune-able; in fact, any of the larger shrubs depending upon how you desire to employ them will respond well to pruning and coppicing. When coppiced those with beautifully colored winter stems display many more of them. And as with ornamental shrub dogwoods younger stems exhibit the best, most intense winter tones. All ornamental characteristics will be presented according to species/cultivar. All of the following offerings are established pot grown shrubs from a cutting. We may prune back all larger growing selections prior to shipping so that you will not incur the extra handling charge.